Blythewood Welcomes New Businesses

Restaurants, Retail, Medical Office Opening Doors

BLYTHEWOOD – Business is booming in Blythewood these days with the prospect of two new pizza restaurants, a new kind of dollar store and a new medical office that will accommodate a pediatrician and an ophthalmologist (see June 22 issue of The Voice).

Pappa John’s will open a restaurant in the space previously occupied by Palmetto Gold and Silver in the McNulty Plaza. A soft opening is tentatively slated for the first week in August according to owner Al Conyers. Johnny’s House of Pizza will open in the former Valentina’s restaurant space in the IGA Shopping Plaza on Blythewood Road this summer and Blythewood resident Jennifer Gooden plans to open a Good Dollar store in the former Curves space in the IGA Shopping Plaza in late August.

“The Good Dollar will be part party store and part gift store where everything happens to be a dollar,” Gooden told The Voice. “We’ll offer Build-A-Basket where customers can pull together a nice gift basket with items from the store including the basket and all the trimmings.”

Gooden said the store is not part of a chain, but is her own creation.

“Dollar Store Services will come in and help set everything up, then I’m on my own. And I’m really looking forward to having a business in Blythewood,” she said. A Blythewood resident since March, 2014, Gooden is retired from the military where she served as a supply officer.

“It was great training for running a store like this,” she said.

And new residential construction is also on the rise, according to Kirk Wilson who issues building permits in Town Hall. He said the increase is being seen mostly in the Cobblestone Park, Abney Hill, Holly Bluff and BlytheCreek neighborhoods.

“Permits have doubled since last year and I’m expecting that rate to continue for a while,” Wilson said.