As one door closes another opens. That's the motto business owners seem to be taking in the Sabraton area of Monongalia County.
The former Sterling Faucet property is a perfect example of how new businesses continue mixing into to community.
"This property here used to be from Sterling Faucet, from the factory. I believe since they are no longer here it gives lots of businesses an opportunity to get local frontage out by the interstate, to welcome passersby to stop in our area. I think it opened up a whole new door for our area," said Anna Ross from Southern States in Morgantown.
Driving down Route 7 in Sabraton, it is hard not to notice the numerous business signs. The sheer volume of signs and number of newer buildings signifies the area is good for business.
"It's a great opportunity to get new and old businesses together," said Jeff Mikorski, Deputy City Manager in Morgantown, "established businesses like Superior Ford, along with the brand new developments, new hotels, new financial intuitions. It's a great mix of new and old properties."
New businesses continue to pop up.
Buried behind construction is the JD Byrider. Behind that is an extended stay hotel. On the old Sterling Faucet grounds is a new Goodwill store and Queens Formal Wear. A Dunkin' Donuts is moving into an old Exxon gas station, and Walgreens is being built on the old Southern States property.
"The zoning is there for it to continue grow and develop," said Mikorski. "So that's what we're hoping to do. To work with property owners and encourage that development."
Traffic along Route 7 is known to be difficult at times. Mikorski said the city is talking with state's Division of Highways to fix the 5-legged Greenbag road intersection.
As for Southern States, it is holding a grand opening on Saturday. The event will feature a sale, door prizes and giveaways. The new building is the store's third one, all in the Sabraton neighborhood.
"It's a very promising area, and I think it should do well," said Ross. "We welcome all of our new business neighbors and hope the community will embrace our new opportunity."