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Oro Valley sees business ‘burst’

Oro Valley is a small town, but business owners see opportunity for success.
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Oro Valley Business Boom
Published: Nov. 10, 2021 at 6:17 PM MST
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TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - Businesses in southern Arizona have taken a financial hit during the pandemic, some even closing shop. But sometimes when one door closes, another opens. In Oro Valley’s case, lots of doors.

“Businesses are seeing opportunity in the community,” said Oro Valley Chamber of Commerce President Dave Perry.

Perry calls it an Oro Valley burst. Dozens of businesses are popping up around the town but the worker shortage is still a concern.

“Everyone we speak with says it is hard for us to find employees. That is a hard problem to solve.”

But that does not stop entrepreneurs from opening up shops in Oro Valley. So how are these businesses surviving? Perry said it is not easy.

“They are short-staffed. They are trying to figure out how to attract and retain new employees. Some are family-owned businesses and they are just running it on family.”

For example, WOW WOW Lemonade. Dad is the owner and Ryan is his son. They opened in September at Oracle and Magee roads.

“It is always risky opening up a new business. ... We have been doing very well so far,” said Ryan Laird, WOW WOW Lemonade’s manager.

“We have been very fortunate with our ability to build a staff and create jobs for 20 people,” he said.

The town has about 45,000 residents but it is folks from all over who are keeping businesses afloat.

“Just the other day, we had some people on the way to the airport and they stopped in and wanted to try us out before they left,” said Laird.

And more businesses are coming. Oro Valley is a small town but business owners see the opportunity for success.

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