Last week's announcement that Ming Wah was joining the local restaurant landscape was welcome news to the area.
On the surface, it means more sales tax money into local coffers, more choices for the palette and a vacant building at the interstate being vacant no more. Those benefits alone leave local leaders plenty to smile about.
But Ming Wah's decision -- like the decision of Zaxby's, Krystal's and others -- means much, much more.
Their decision to invest in McDuffie County shows that our community is a viable option for new businesses. Those that were disheartened by the Ruby Tuesday's near-miss of a few years ago should find the silver lining here.
It also shows the power of customers.
"A lot of customers, they like us, and they're always asking us if we're going to open another (restaurant) closer to them, like in Thomson," said Ming Wah's Pinh Chen. "Customers just love our food."
Remember, you are the faces and pocketbooks of our community. Your commercial wants and desires can direct development here.
You just have to want to take the part. And all that takes is a kind word about McDuffie County to business owners elsewhere.