New companies start adding in Canton – and there’s more to come – SiouxFalls

June 23, 2022

This paid piece is sponsored by Sioux Metro Growth Alliance.

Here’s a sense of Canton’s growing business: The Chamber of Commerce held five clips of tape in six weeks.

“It was fantastic,” said Jeffrey Tanner, Chamber’s president and CEO, who is also CEO of Canton Developments.

“Our membership has gone up significantly this year, and we’re very happy with the track now.”

New additions to the town less than 20 miles south of Sioux Falls include everything from feed-shake work to a new ambulance station, roofing and siding work.

“There’s a lot of movement,” Tanner said. “The downtown area is where some of the mom-and-pop stores are, so we have the downtown sector, the industrial sector and housing, and everything clicks on all cylinders. It was great.”

One of the new downtown additions, Hartland Spice Market, has had a quick and encouraging response from the community.

Owner Beth Thompson has expanded her home décor business to include a retail storefront at 121 E. Fifth St. , with inventory including furniture, home décor, art, apparel, accessories and gifts.

“There aren’t many options for this type of shopping in Canton, so I wanted to give that to the community, and people were very supportive,” Thompson said. “We’ve also seen clients from out of town, so we hope to be able to become a visitor destination as we grow.”

The store also plans to offer special events occasionally, and has kicked off its “Shopping and Sangria” day in May. Hours of operation are 11am-2pm, 5-7pm, Wednesday-Friday, and 11am-4pm Saturday.

Thompson has lived in Canton for 12 years and said the community is seeing an increase in activity.

“There are a lot of positive things going on here,” she said. “We’re just excited to be a part of it.”

So is Amber Van Dam, who just opened Anytime Fitness with her husband Matt.

They own their own building at 109 and 111 N. Main St. She ran a bakery there while teaching Pound fitness from the back of the building.

An insurance company rented the other side of it, and when the lease expired, the couple decided to pop into the fitness center.

Personal Trainer Emily Blacker, Manager Laurie Bowdens, Amber and Matt Van Dam.

“Canton doesn’t really have a 24/7 gym that’s newer with new equipment and certainly no franchise gyms,” Van Damme said. “My husband and I work a lot and decided this was something we wanted to give to the community.”

She said the people of Canton have already shown a lot of enthusiasm.

“They are very excited about it,” Van Damme said. “We have spent seven years here, and I love a small town. When your children are hurt in the garden, there is likely to be someone who knows them and will help them. Everything is within walking distance. I walk to our building or ride my bike, so it’s good that everything is so close.”

She added that this appeal is becoming clear to more people.

“Canton can’t help but grow because Harrisburg is so close to Sioux Falls now, and so if you want a smaller community, you have to go further, and that is,” she said. “We definitely see younger families moving here all the time.”

And most likely it will come. Tanner said the community is anticipating a 64-acre residential development and has several other developers looking at options.

“Housing has been our biggest problem, and we’re about to tackle that in a big way,” he said. “We’ve always had a lot of industry relative to the size of our community, and that’s been a bit behind.”

The community of 3,500 will likely add more employers as well. The industrial complex continues to attract interest, with many deals pending.

“It’s a combination of manufacturing and other sectors,” Tanner said. “There will be potential for a large number of jobs with at least one of the buildings backlogged.”

The community is a good example of the momentum being experienced across the Sioux Falls metro area, said Jesse Funkert, president and CEO of the Sioux Metro Growth Alliance.

“Canton does a lot of things right, which is why things click,” he said. “Community leadership has come together, there is a positive attitude towards responsible growth and development, and the business community is responding accordingly. We are excited to see the current investment and we anticipate some strong growth in the coming years here.”

Next year, Highway 18 will be expanded to four lanes from Highway 11 West to Highway 29, which Tanner said will have another positive impact on growth.

“We really think we’ll get a chance to grow and grow right, and I think we’ll keep our identity separate from Sioux Falls,” he said. “There are people now who are saying if we want good things for our community, we have to work together.”

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