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LAS VEGAS -- Another step in the re-vitalization of Las Vegas' historic west side happened Thursday as a new department store has opened for business. Leaders say the area will soon be a hotbed for activity.

Since the 140,000 square foot Edmond Town Center near Owens and J Street first opened back in 2005, residents have been given more opportunity to shop, work and live in their own neighborhood.

Councilman Ricki Barlow represents the district and says this newest Rainbow Store only enhances that.

"This is a wonderful experience. To have a national chain inside of an urban community is huge. A lot of the residents here shop in Rainbow apparel, and having right here where they can experience it right in their own neighborhood is great," said Las Vegas City Councilman Ricki Barlow.

The store is part of a national retail chain that offers affordable clothing for women and children. The 6,000 square foot store opened it's doors at 9 a.m. Thursday. Volunteers from other Rainbow Stores in the area have been working around the clock for the past month trying to get the store ready.

Half a dozen jobs will be created with more to possibly come in the future.

John Edmond, owner of the Edmond Town Center says more and more people are calling everyday inquiring about moving businesses to the west side.

"We have three or four right now, national retailers, that we're now trying to juggle to try and come into the Edmond Town Center," he said.

Edmond says one thing he is working on in the near future is opening up a restaurant or a sandwich shop at the center. Another one of those big projects will be the 30,000 square foot DD's Discounts that will open in mid-July.

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