By Chris Bavender
With the Aug. 27 opening of ATI Physical Therapy at 6058 Whitestown Pkwy., and the Whitestown Pet Wellness Clinic at 7113 Whitestown Pkwy., 50 businesses now call the Whitestown Parkway area home. Nearly all of the businesses are less than 3 years old.
ATI is part of the Shoppes at Anson development, built by Midland Atlantic Properties.
The greater Anson development began gaining momentum in 2011 and drastically impacted the Whitestown retail and residential landscape, paving the way for future area development. In 2015, the area saw an influx in growth that continues.
“It’s really amazing to think about how much that particular stretch of road has changed in just the past three years,” said Tanya Sumner, director of public relations for the Town of Whitestown.
ATI is the official physical therapy organization of the Chicago Cubs. It helped Cubs’ star Kyle Schwarber rehab in time for the decisive Game 7 of the 2016 World Series. The Whitestown office is a branch of the parent company.
ATI and the Pet Wellness Clinic aren’t the only new businesses on Whitestown Parkway. Qdoba is set to open this month and Hot Box Pizza plans to open by late September or early October.
“It’s just terrific to see all the options that are now available for our residents,” Sumner said. “As a resident myself, I know my family loves having such a variety of dining options now. When we moved here, there were just a few choices if we wanted to eat out and stay in our community. Now, we have so many options to cater to whatever we’re in the mood for. Once the Shoppes at Whitestown retail center is complete, and with the Little League Central Region Headquarters coming to Whitestown, we’ll soon have a lot more visitors coming to our community who will be dining in our restaurants along Whitestown Parkway.”
Sumner said the influx of new businesses is almost too much to keep up with but is a good problem to have.
“I schedule the ribbon cuttings for our new businesses, so it’s been kind of crazy for me trying to keep up. Incredibly, we’ve done close to 30 ribbon cuttings this year alone,” Sumner said. “We’ve had a couple months this year that we’ve had four new businesses open in a single month. But I love being able to offer these ribbon cuttings. Our new business owners really appreciate the warm welcome, and our residents count on me to let them know when a new business has opened in Whitestown.”