Casinos, Real Estate, Outlet Mall & More: The Lake’s Biggest Business Stories In 2021 | Business

It’s no exaggeration to say the Lake of the Ozarks will never be the same after 2020.

Thanks to the Lake’s obvious waterfront appeal, plus our region’s preference for liberty over lockdowns, people from across the country have made the Lake their permanent home in the past two years, at a dizzying rate. And it’s not just full-time residents: developers are taking a fresh interest in the Lake area too.

This year has produced copious stories of the Lake’s economic growth spurt. Here are the top ones:

#1. Everyone Wants To Be Here

UHaul data suggests Missouri was one of the most popular places to move to, in 2020. California, Illinois and New Jersey saw the lowest migration numbers. Ahem…

Americans are increasingly opting for a Missouri address. The Show-Me State was the seventh-…

#2. Cobalt Founding Family Buys Summerset Boat Lifts

The St. Clairs just love the marine industry. And they found a thriving marine business at the Lake in Summerset Boat Lifts.

Summerset Boat Lifts Is Bought By Cobalt Boats Founder, St. Clair Family

Summerset Boat Lifts, Inc. and Mad Duck Marine Systems announced on Thursday that they have …

#3. Aldi & More

First Aldi was coming to Lake Ozark. Then, it wasn’t. But now it is, and it seems like it really is this time. Lots of buzz over this grocery store.

Aldi, Casey's & More To Come: Eagles Landing In Lake Ozark Sees A Flurry Of Development

LAKE OZARK, Mo. — The Eagles Landing development in Lake Ozark, first opened in 2012, has se…

#4. Premier 54 Sold

Another major marine move in 2021: Premier 54, the top Chaparral dealer in the world, was bought by serial entrepreneurs Rick Ball and Steve Brink.

LAKE OF THE OZARKS, Mo. — Premier 54, the well-known boat dealership at the Lake—and the num…

#5. Everyone Wants To Sell Houses Here

Well, if everyone wants to live here, then they’re going to have to buy houses! And plenty of real estate agents suddenly discovered how nice it is to sell a home at the Lake. Membership in local boards of realtors has skyrocketed.

Hot Real Estate Market Draws Realtors In Record Numbers To Lake Of The Ozarks

It’s common knowledge that Lake of the Ozarks’ real estate market has exploded in the last f…

#6. Historic Resort Goes Up For Sale

Marty Byrde would approve.

If you’re a fan of Netflix’s Ozark, you know much of the award-winning series’ dizzying stor…

#7. The Osage Casino Surprise + A Different Casino

Late on a Friday afternoon, a press release made its way into the digital ether. The Osage Nation had purchased land at Lake of the Ozarks and plans to build a casino on it. A few people had opinions about this.

Osage Nation To Build $60 Million Hotel & Casino At Lake Of The Ozarks

LAKE OF THE OZARKS, Mo. — The Osage Nation has announced they will be building a $60 million…

EDITORIAL: Casinos, The Lake Of The Ozarks Community, And How We Got Here

All the buzz in recent weeks about casinos at the Lake has created some confusion. How many …

#8. More Windows Of Opportunity

Quaker Window Company continues to benefit the Lake area economy, and their newest planned expansion will come with 150 new jobs.

ELDON, Mo. — Quaker Windows, the window manufacturer with a factory in Eldon, is building an…

#9. Outlet Mall Goes Under Contract

When you buy an outlet mall, do you pay full price, or get a discount?

Probably won’t know the answer to that. But the buyers say they have big plans for a “world-class destination.”

Lake Of The Ozarks Outlet Mall Under Contract To Be Sold, 'World-Class Destination' Planned

LAKE OF THE OZARKS, Mo. — The rumors are true: the Osage Beach Outlet Mall is under contract…

#10. The Covid Vax Mandate That Wasn’t

When Lake Regional Health System announced—in response to the Biden administration mandates—that they’d be requiring all employees to get the Covid jab, it created quite a stir. Many employees had already gotten the shot; some had—and would—not. The Lake area’s largest healthcare provider appeared to acknowledge this in a letter to employees, published by LakeExpo.

But then, after a lawsuit resulted in a judge placing a stay on the Biden admin’s order, Lake Regional announced they too would be pausing their Covid vaccine mandate.

'A Career-Defining Moment': Lake Regional Health System Announces Covid Vaccine Mandate For Staff

LAKE OF THE OZARKS, Mo. — Lake Regional Health System, the Lake of the Ozarks area’s largest…

Lake Regional Pauses Covid Vaccine Mandate For Employees

OSAGE BEACH, Mo. — Lake Regional Health System, the largest healthcare provider and one of t…

#11. A Billion In Real Estate Sales… And Still Going

The Lake area crushed its prior record in total real estate sales volume, in 2020. And in 2021, it happened again. Will the market settle down in 2022, or will prices continue to rise as homes sell at a dizzying pace? We’ll find out…

Lake Of The Ozarks Real Estate Crushed The $1B Mark Months Ago... What's Next?

Somehow, 2021 turned out to be an even more remarkable year for Lake of the Ozarks real esta…