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Granbury Chamber of Commerce Area Guide 2015 Granbury Chamber Bluetoad : Page 66

Business Outlook: By Susan Karnes Photography by Randy Ziegler DEVELOPMENT and EXPANSION Th e new 123,000-square foot Kroger Granbury Marketplace at the intersection of U.S. Highway 377 and FM 4 will create over 200 jobs. 66 GRANBURY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AREA GUIDE 2015 | GRANBURYCHAMBER.COM

Development And Expansion

Susan Karnes

GRANBURY’S EXEMPLARY LIFESTYLE, WORKFORCE AND CENTRAL LOCATION CONTINUE TO FUEL A DIVERSE, THRIVING ECONOMY.

On the surface, Granbury’s appearance is deceiving.

On any given day, the historic Hood County Courthouse Square hums with throngs drawn to quaint shops, popular eateries, fascinating heritage sites and yearlong festivals and special events.

Along the area’s arterial highways, traffic hums with vehicles headed to regional and national offices, stores and services.

Business is good in Granbury, no doubt about it. But make no mistake — as vital as the retail and service sectors may be, business in Hood County is diverse. Behind the scenes, manufacturing enterprises are thriving.

“Granbury has a lot to offer, so employers are drawn to the area,” says Mike Scott, president and CEO of the Granbury Chamber of Commerce. “What strikes me is the growing sophistication of our business community.” Several enterprises, he adds, boast formidable potential, thanks to inventive products and ambitious owners.

“Granbury provides a wealth of opportunities, a great atmosphere for development and expansion, and leadership that understands the importance of maintaining a profit-friendly environment that responds to the business community.”

LOOKING AHEAD

With increasing sales tax revenues, hotel tax receipts, employment and housing sales, Granbury is enjoying new businesses, expansions and developments.

“We’re forecasting that 2015 will be better yet – and we saw an appreciable increase in transactions in 2014 versus 2013,” says Randy Pearson, president of Central Texas Title.

Mary Booth of the Granbury Chamber of Commerce is also optimistic. “In 2012 and 2013, we had some businesses that were watching and waiting,” she says. “But now decisions have been made. On the retail horizon, Auto Zone, Dickey’s, and Taco Casa are operating at the Highway 377 and SR 4 complex, while Aldi opened its doors further west on Highway 377 in the fall of 2014. Across the highway from Luton Ranch, Kroger Marketplace looks good for an early spring completion of both mega-store and fueling station. Meanwhile, Ross Dress for Less and Marshalls are taking shape at Luton Ranch West.”

There remains an energetic shift of retail and service businesses to the Highway 377 corridor. Yet as Scott observes, industry is attracted to the vicinity as well. A Canadian concern, FB Industries, is utilizing its facility’s full capacity to produce fracking sand storage tanks in an industrial sector near Highway 377.

“The 377 corridor is just one aspect of our business landscape. From one end of the county to the other, there’s exciting activity,” Scott says.

“Big City Music Revue’s weekend shows in the former Granbury Live theater are an exciting complement to the Opera House’s musicals and plays. We have a new tenant in the Durant Commerce Centre and strong prospects eyeing its advantageous location with access to class ‘A’ rail and an expanded airport.”

As the county’s tax base expands to one more innovative, industrial and diverse than in years past, opportunities expand for the region.

“Granbury is poised for tremendous growth,” Pearson says. “We have a viable location and a particular charm – and I think through smart growth we’ll keep it that way.”

Donated Mueller building adds vast new possibilities to unique healthcare clinic.

Mueller Metal Buildings and the Texas Country Reporter TV show selected Ruth’s Place Clinic as the deserving Texas nonprofit organization to receive a free Mueller building in 2014. The Mueller team of 30 to 40, including Mueller owner Bryan Davenport and Texas Country Reporter’s Bob Phillips (shown below), started construction October 6th and completed the structure in three days, in time for its October 10th dedication. The clinic serves more than 1,700 uninsured families throughout the area.

Read the full article at http://www.bluetoad.com/article/Development+And+Expansion/1912914/242149/article.html.

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