Athens Review, Athens, Texas

June 20, 2013

Growth seen in Athens

New business projects numerous

Rich Flowers
The Athens Review

Athens — The Athens Economic Development Corporation is enjoying the time of growth in the business community and hopes others will be enticed to set up shop in the city.

Projects that have been completed recently include: the new Dollar General location on West Corsicana Street: JD Tenders; MooYahs Hamburgers; Moorelicious Frozen Yogurt on South Palestine Street; and Pizza Hut/Wing Street on East Tyler Street.

Other additions or expansions are still under construction. Ag Power is nearing completion on Loop 7. Oak Wood Place is expanding on Wood Street and the Arabella Assisted Living is going up on the southeast side of the city.

“This all points to a bright future for Athens,” AEDC President Brian Malone said. “All this points to a healthy economy and more opportunities for business growth.”

Another project, Legacy Plaza, has won city council approval and is just beginning. Malone said Legacy Plaza will be the new home of Vaught Insurance and will be available for other businesses.

Malone doesn’t have any figures on how well the new businesses are doing, but anecdotal accounts on some of them indicate they’re doing well.

In 2013, cash registers have been ringing in the city at a faster pace than in 2012. Retail sales rebates have increased by about 10 percent. Malone said that’s part of an ongoing trend of increasing sales. The city rebates grew by 5.6 percent from 2011 to 2012.