Bob Barth, owner of Pottstown Meat and Deli said he's, "excited, extremely excited, you know, we're looking forward to having the new traffic it would drive."
He said new businesses would help out during the quieter post-holiday months.
"It's a quiet time of the year in retail, no matter what type of retail you're in. And any time you find something that drives more people, that's what we're all in business for," Barth said.
Barth said he hopes that driving force will be the opening of Peoria's first Smashburger and Noodles and Company, right across the parking lot from his shop.
"We're hoping that they're like, oh that's where Pottstown is, or that's where you know, whether it's Britches N Bloomers or wherever, you know, any of the storefronts in here. Say oh, I need to stop in there when we get done," Barth said.
Britches N Bloomers owner Karyn Short said, "I think the Metro Centre needs this and it'll be great for Peoria."
Short said she hopes the two well known restaurants will also bring people into her colorful store, and maybe boost every other small business in the Metro Centre.
"This whole shop small thing, you know, keep it local that's only going to help people see, ah, there's other local places here, so we're going to all work well together," she said.
Also coming to the Metro Centre are a Kiwi Fresh Frozen Yogurt, Roger Burke Jewelers, Metro Nails and D&L Pools INC.