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“Covington and Clifton Forge are vibrant, united communities that celebrate the spirit and quality of life of the Alleghany Highlands.” – Downtown Covington and Clifton Forge Vision Statement
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An excellent location along Interstate-64 – convenient to The Omni Homestead and The Greenbrier – coupled with available retail space in two charming downtowns make the Alleghany Highlands a natural choice for retail. Both national or regional chains and home-grown entrepreneurs will find abundant opportunity in the region.

Who’s Here

  • Applebee’s
  • Cato
  • Dollar General
  • Peeble’s
  • Wal-Mart

Educational Advantages

An educated workforce leads to business success. Dabney S. Lancaster Community College offers degree and certificate programs in business, including associate’s degrees in Business Administration and Business Management and career certificates in Business Leadership and Business and Communications.

Other Advantages

  • Most of the available space in the Clifton Forge and Covington downtowns is suitable for commercial (with residential potential on the upper floors)
  • Affordable sale and lease rates
  • A majority of the workforce (over 16 years old) commute within the Alleghany Highlands, meaning they work and shop close to home, according to the US Census
  • A July 2010 retail leakage study by RKG Associates demonstrates that opportunities exist for potential retailers in the building materials, sport and hobby, office supply, clothing and jewelry segments.

Available Properties

Numerous retail properties are available in shopping centers and in the downtown business districts of Clifton Forge and Covington. For more information, contact Marla Akridge, Executive Director of the AHEDC.