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Big businesses get ready to open up shop in Brandon

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BRANDON FL (WFLA) - Linda Figueroa has watched Brandon expand for the last 14 years.

"It wasn't this built up. None of this was here," Figueroa said.

She's not too excited about adding to the traffic by adding Bass Pro Shops and TopGolf, a "Premier Golf Entertainment Complex," near the Selmon Expressway and Interstate 75.

"I guess if it's going to add jobs that's good," Figueroa said. "But we have a lot of businesses already. It's really crowded."

The President and CEO of the Greater Brandon Chamber of Commerce, Laura Simpson, couldn't be more excited. She says ever since the companies announced they were moving in, other business owners have been calling the chamber asking about demographics.

"This is monumental for Brandon," Simpson said. "We are going to have new people eating at our restaurants, new people eating here during the day, new people shopping, this is big."

According to the stores, Bass Pro plans to bring in more than $100 million in economic impact, TopGolf estimates $265 million. Put together, the businesses will be hiring about 650 employees.

A lot of residents are concerned about the big businesses bringing big traffic headaches. The Hillsborough County Commission voted for a $6 million subsidy to improve the roads in the area.

"At least we won't need to go to Tampa for anything," Brandon resident Mariela Rivera said. "That'll be good for us."

Both stores are set to open in 2014.

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