Wichita Falls is in the process of experiencing a boom in new businesses with several new shopping centers currently under construction.
Some retailers are still months away from moving in but local businesses and developers are excited about the future.
Dane Rodriguez, co-owner of Stone Oven Gourmet Pizza and Eatery, says his restaurant has been open three weeks and business is slowly picking up.
"We've been really blessed with the feedback we've gotten and I think there's just a real tone starting to resonate within the community that people really want to come to locally owned businesses," Rodriguez says.
He says his restaurant offers something many corporate businesses do not.
Rodriguez says, "Every dollar that's made here is literally pumped right back into the community and I think that's a big advantage we have in the market."
With the construction of new shopping centers in the area, Stone Oven Co-Owner Johnny Uch says he welcomes the competition.
"We'd like to have more business in our town which is great that we're getting all these kind of business coming in," Uch says. "Other that that, I don't think we have any worries at all."
In addition, Bobby Schaaf with Schaaf & Clark says the Wayne Village Shopping Center on Midwestern Parkway will open in September.
Schaaf says he can't disclose what businesses will be moving in but says some will be familiar names.
"There's a lot of names that aren't here yet. Especially, kind of some upscale names. We think the market is bright for those," Schaaf says. "When you go to Abilene and you see some names, pretty soon they're going to be here."
Schaaf says as construction continues, he remains optimistic about businesses that will eventually set up shop in Wichita Falls.
"Maybe we don't have as much desirable spots here as some of those other markets do but we're getting there," Schaaf says.
There are other projects underway like the construction of a Super Braum's on Call Field near Lawrence Road.
Schaaf says even more new businesses are set to move into that part of town next year.
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