People traveling through Bowie will have a new place to refuel before long.
The city of Bowie closed the sale of land on Friday off Highway 287 near the high school. The land was bought by Victron energy, which built the travel center in Henrietta last year, and will be used to make a new travel center. This addition will be convenient for those traveling through Bowie and help out the local economy as well.
The sale of more than nine acres of land has been in the works for some time.
“It was almost a year,” City Manager Bert Cunningham said. “They had eight or nine months, I can’t remember exactly, to do core testing on the property and make sure everything was going to work well.
Yeah, it’s been a long time we’ve been working.”
Mohamed Sharaf, Vice President of Development for Victron, said this new travel center isn’t just for the people going through Bowie.
“We are very excited to be developing a convenience store along with a Taco Casa,” Sharaf said.
“A large part of our business will be from highway travelers going to Colorado or Amarillo or wherever and giving them an opportunity to stop in the city of Bowie and contribute money and tax dollars into the community it will be a smaller location that is just as much made to serve the local area. A place for kind of a quick in and out.”
Bowie’s economy will get a boost once the new travel center opens.
“In Bowie, we will probably create between 15-20 full-time jobs at the very minimum between the convenience store and Taco Casa,” Sharaf said. “An investment of about $3 million in addition to buying some city land.”
“We get the utilities and we also get sales tax, so it is good for us and they are good people,” Cunningham said.
It won’t be long before the construction gets underway.
“We are expecting to be doing some of the initial dirt work and excavation within the next two weeks,” Sharaf said. “We probably want to complete construction of the store in roughly nine months.”
It won’t be long before the new travel center is ready for people to stop refill and see some of Bowie while they are out on the road.
Bert Cunningham also told me that while they were working on selling this land to Victron if the city had any dirt from other projects they would take it over to this site because they will need to level off some of the areas and want the project to go smoothly.