Big Business Boom

, Written by Christine Pitawanich, Posted: Thu, August 9 2012 at 5:21 PM, Updated: Thu, August 9 2012 at 9:42 PM

Job seekers like Janelle Woolley say they're elated about the Northgate shopping center and Walmart.

"It's going to be amazing. I just wish it would hurry and get built so we can get working," said Woolley as she sat at a computer job searching in Medford.

And it's not just people on the hunt for a job looking forward to new businesses opening.

From Walmart, to the Lithia Commons, to the Northgate shopping center, city and job officials said they're excited about what all the new businesses will mean for Medford.

"I think it's a good sign that businesses are choosing Medford," said Dick Gordon, Chairman of the Medford Urban Renewal Agency and City Council member.

Regional economist Guy Tauer said new businesses in the Rogue Valley show that companies have confidence in our area.

"All of those capital investments in the area really do show that all the companies, corporations and businesses really are looking at the Rogue Valley [...] for the long term I think it's really planting the seeds for future growth," said Tauer.

All that sounds good to Janelle Woolley, who hopes more growth translates to more jobs.

"It's not easy out there at all," she said.

Meantime, she continues to put in applications, crossing her fingers for the right doors to open.

Multiple sources tell NBC 5 Ulta, a makeup retailer, is expected to open tomorrow. Trader Joes is expected to open around October. The Super Center Walmart in south Medford is scheduled to open August 15th. The Lithia Commons should open August 20th.

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Christine Pitawanich

Christine Pitawanich was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. In 2010, she received a master's degree in Broadcast Journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University in New York.

Christine also has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from the University of Washington.

Before joining the NBC5 News team, she had the opportunity to file reports from Washington D.C. for WFFT FOX Ft. Wayne News in Indiana. Christine has also interned at KOMO-TV in Seattle.

Christine loves to ski, try new food and have fun in the outdoors.

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