With so much growth and development occurring in Poplar Bluff, new signs are going up nearly every day. But a new sign is causing some people to talk.
The actual population of Poplar Bluff is about 17,000 people. But if the city limits were expanded to where West has his sign, that would include about another 11,000 people, and at 28,000 that could potentially make Poplar Bluff a very desirable place for retail outfits. And if that happens shoppers from Butler County may not have to travel to Jonesboro any more, keeping their money in the city, but until the town grows, retailers may not be putting down roots.
"A lot of businesses and a lot of corporations look at your population and that's as far as they look," said Chamber of Commerce Executive Vice President Scott Faughn.