Many Changes Coming to Burk Economic Development


After years of lying vacant,  the old Wal-Mart in Burkburnett will soon reopen.

National retailer Tractor Supply Company is expected to be open by March.

Burk's Assistant City Manager Mike Whaley says it's an exciting time for Burk development because a few important projects should be completed this spring.

The old Wal-Mart building has been gutted and tractor supply company is starting to take shape.

Crews are working on the floors and will soon be installing the displays.

Store Manager Buddy Alt says they have already received a lot of buzz about the new store.

“I think it means a tremendous opportunity, just talking with everybody in town and outside of the town too, they're just excited, and really we're excited too because I see a lot of energy being put into this,” says Alt.

And although they could not power wash the outside of the building because of water restrictions, Burk's latest water project could remove some of those restrictions.

Drilling for some test wells will begin next week, as Burk plans to add 28 new wells for its water supply system.

The wells are expected to add a million gallons of water a day into the system.

“The contractor should be mobilizing tomorrow and we should be looking at drilling some test wells and getting our soil samples a soil analysis completed next week, so we're fixing to be underway,” says Whaley.

And right after drilling on the wells is expected to start, the city's new Family Aquatic Center should be breaking ground, it won't open until summer 2015 and Whaley does not see the drought having any effect on the new facility.

“We are not utilizing the public water system for charging and recharging the aquatic center, we will be drilling a well on site,” says Whaley.

Whaley hopes the new developments plus a new hire will bring a boost in the burk economy for years to come.

“We just recently hired Deana Sheriff as our new Economy Deployment Director and she's already hit the ground running and is doing a good job for us,” says Whaley.

It's just a positive outlook to show that Burkburnett is moving forward, that we are growing, we are attracting new business, we've recently had two apartment complexes that they opened here as well and now the addition of the tractor supply, sometimes it just takes that one domino to fall to help the others come in place,” says Whaley.

Tractor Supply Company hopes to be open by mid March.

Burk will also soon be getting a new city manager.

Burk Assistant City Manger Mike Whaley is currently working on transitioning to the position.

Current City Manager Chester Nolan is stepping back his hours while Whlaey takes on more responsibilities.

He is expected to take over as city manager at the end of march or early April.

During the transition, Nolen and Whaley are also reviewing resumes for the new public works director, which was Whaleys position.

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