December Construction Update

As always, here’s your monthly construction update. There are some very exciting new changes coming to the Branson area!


New Spa Open at Big Cedar LodgeBig Cedar Lodge Spa

Big Cedar Lodge’s Cedar Creek Spa just opened this month, sporting a full-service salon, indoor hot tubs, fireplaces, an indoor grotto pool and many more lavish amenities for guests. A number of spa packages and treatments are available for guests. The new spa is 18,000 square feet of serene, rustic relaxation.


Parakeet Pete’s Waterfront Balloon Coming SoonParakeet Pete's Waterfront Balloon

The completion date for Parakeet Pete’s Waterfront Balloon has been announced. The Branson Landing’s newest attraction is set to open on March 1, 2015. The waterfront balloon will take riders 180 feet up in the air and rotate 360 degrees for panoramic views of the downtown Branson area.


Roundabout Construction on Missouri 86Sign_Roundabout

Bass Pro Shops is funding the roundabout construction at Missouri 86 and Ridgedale. The road work is expected to continue until April 2015. If you’re driving in that area, be aware and watch for reduced speed limit signs.


Branson Gets a New Nature CenterFish Hatchery

The Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery is set to get a major makeover with a brand new nature center in the works. The new nature center has an estimated completion date of summer 2017 and will be similar to the nature center in Springfield, Mo. The current visitor center is more than 30 years old and is 2,500 square feet, compared to Springfield’s nature center which measures more than 15,000 square feet.

Branson’s September Construction Update

Tanger ConstructionBranson is constantly changing and growing and September was a big month with new retail space, a new attraction and a whole new emergency department at Cox Medical Center.

Here’s your September construction update in case you missed out:

More retail space planned for Tanger Outlets

Construction on a 21,000 square-foot expansion has begun at the Tanger Outlets to make room for more retail space. Three of the new retailers include Adidas, Sun Glass Hut and Talbots. The new addition is expected to be open for the upcoming holiday season.

More retail planned for the Branson Landing

CEO of HCW Development Rick Huffman told KY3 the north addition to the Branson Landing will be single story retail space and a lot like the landing — “brick and stylish.” The plans have been on the city’s radar for five years but were on hold because of a lawsuit involving the piece of land. Developers have scheduled to break ground around October 19. The new shops are expected to open next Spring. Read more here.

Parakeet Pete's Waterfront BalloonNew attraction at the Branson Landing

A new attraction called Parakeet Pete’s Waterfront Balloon is set to open at the Branson Landing this fall. Located on the north end of the Landing near Belk Department Store, the 180-foot enclosed tower will feature a balloon that takes riders to the top of the tower and rotates a full 360 degrees for a bird’s eye view of the shopping center and downtown Branson area. It’s fully handicap accessible and developers say it will operate in all weather conditions. The new attraction is owned by Parakeet Pete’s, also the owner of the waterfront zipline at the Landing.

Cox Medical Center Opens New Emergency Department

A community open house on Saturday, Sept. 13 offered guided tours through the $30.8 million new addition to the medical center. The new emergency department includes 32 private exam and treatment rooms, eight observation rooms and increased staff efficiency in serving patients. The construction included 42,000 square-foot of additional space and the old ER has been closed off for renovations. Full construction is estimated to be finished this November or December. Read more here.

Ballparks of Branson Moves Forward With Youth Baseball Complex Plans

As of September 5, Ballparks of Branson has been in the design phase of its $24 million youth baseball complex at the Red Roof Mall. The Branson Tri-Lakes News reported that Ballparks of Branson President Doc Snyder said a lot of “behind the scenes stuff” is happening right now with the civil engineer and architect making plans for field turf and dorm dimensions. Phase one of the project is estimated to cost $15 million. Read more here.


Update On the Branson Landing’s Newest Attraction

IMG_5400Last week I blogged about the new Parakeet Pete’s Waterfront Balloon coming this fall to the Branson Landing and KSPR has published an update about the new developments on the shores of Lake Taneycomo.

According to the article, construction on the 8 story attraction has been going well and it is scheduled to open in about one month. KSPR reported, “when it’s complete it will be the only structure like it in America, and also the tallest in the world.”

The balloon ride will take guests 180 feet up into the air and then rotate 360 degrees so riders can get a birds eye view of the lake and city of Branson. Developers said it will operate in all different weather conditions.

The new attraction is owned by Parakeet Pete’s, which also has a waterfront zipline on the Landing.

To read the previous blog about the new waterfront balloon, click here.

For the full article from KSPR, click here.

Construction Update: New Casey’s Opens on Hwy. 76

Casey'sA new Casey’s General Store location opened last Thursday, August 28 at the corner of Highway 76 and Loyd Road.

Branson’s second Casey’s store is located in the Historic Downtown Branson area at 612 S. Business 65. and is open Sunday-Monday 5 a.m.-11 p.m. The store on Highway 76 is open 24 hours a day, every day.

Visit the new Casey’s General Store location for special deals and coupons during this first week of September.

For more deals and coupons, visit

Construction Update: More Development Planned for The Landing

Branson LandingThere may be more retailers moving in to The Branson Landing within the next year as HCW Development, LLC has turned in design plans to the City of Branson for building permits.

HCW Development, LLC plans to develop 29,000 square feet of retail space on the north end of the Branson Landing. There are also plans to add about 130 parking spots.

The number of retailers that will be moving into the space is unclear as of now but according to the Branson Tri-Lakes News, the group of retailers that have shown interest is a diverse one.

Construction has been estimated to begin in September with a forecasted completion date in May of 2015.

We will update you with more information as we receive it.

Branson Construction Update

Casey'sThe Branson Planning & Zoning Comission approved a special use permit for the planning of construction of a new Casey’s convenience store on the corner of Missouri 248 and Shepherd of the Hills Expressway. The Casey’s will have 16 fuel bays and will be 4,350 sq. feet. The estimated cost $1.9 million. For more information, visit

Construction will begin July 21 to straighten out a sharply curved area of the road near Silver Dollar City. The project’s goal is to “relocate a section of Missouri 76 between Missouri 465 (Ozark Mountain High Road) and Missouri 265 west of Branson. Drivers should expect lane closures and short-term traffic stops during the time of construction. For more information, visit


New Youth Baseball Complex Planned for Branson’s Near Future

Factory-Merchants-OutletsThe City of Branson approved a $24 million youth sports complex after the final approval of a Factory Merchants Branson mall lease agreement by the Branson Board of Alderman earlier this month.

The mall, also known by the name Red Roof Mall, closed back in 2012 and now Ballparks of Branson LLC has plans to take over the property on Aug. 1 and transform it into a youth baseball complex.

Little_league_baseball_buntThe first phase of the project will include the repurposing of buildings on site for team housing, restaurant and retail space and the building of six baseball fields that will be replicas of famous ballparks like Busch Stadium and Wrigley Field.

For more information on the project, read the Branson Tri-Lakes News coverage here and here.