WESTMORLAND – Hope for the future of the city rang true Friday morning as hard work and persistence paid off with the official ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the grand opening of the Family Dollar store now open to citizens and visitors of Westmorland.
The arrival of a national chain to the city of Westmorland is a vital step towards improving the city’s infrastructure.
A store such as Family Dollar, which is part of a national chain, will open the doors for further development within the city, according to Westmorland Mayor Larry Ritchie.
“It was a fight, but we won,” said Ritchie of the complications and red tape the city faced during construction.
Due to CalTrans regulations, a driveway can not be added to an existing property if the driveway was not part of the original property, and this created a huge challenge in bringing Family Dollar to Westmorland.
However, the city of Westmorland, along with contractors and engineers of the project, came together to find a solution for a steady and safe flow of traffic coming in and out of Family Dollar’s parking lot.
California Assemblyman (56th District) Eduardo Garcia attended the grand opening and expressed his enthusiasm for the city of Westmorland. With ties to the city, Garcia recalled summers that he spent visiting family in Westmorland and learning how to drive manual transmission on the back roads of town.
“I’m excited to support your efforts,” said Garcia.
Garcia explained that as a former mayor of a small town, like Coachella, he understands the importance of a store such as Family Dollar opening in Westmorland.
“To see this go up and really change Westmorland, it brings about about significant opportunity, and the beginning of what could be additional economic development,” said Garcia.[envira-gallery id=”56491″]