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Watford City Growth Difficult to Track

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One city in oil country is growing so fast it's hard to keep track of the new businesses, expansions and people popping up in the area.

According to Gene Veeder, with McKenzie County Economic Development, it's hard to put a number on all of the growth in Watford City because it changes so fast, but they have five new hotels within the last year, with two more scheduled to be built.

Within city limits, population has gone from 16-hundred people two years ago to around 12-thousand now.

There's a new CashWise shopping center, with five or six new retail commercial businesses going in there alone.

You can see grand openings for China Express, Happy Joes, and a Tractor Supply on the way.

Cenex along highway 23 did a major expansion, OK Tire opened there as well.

Veeder says there's also a new Taco Johns, and a new billiards and recreational place within that development.

Construction for new apartments, twin homes and affordable housing is as far as the eye can see.

Veeder says a new daycare center should also be done in the spring.

They are also going to build a new hospital and school.

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