EDC director: 2013 should be good year for county

January 5, 2013

Lake Granbury Area Economic Development Director Joey Grisham said that projections for 2013 involve more development in the area around H-E-B, more industry and maybe big plates of pancakes served at a long-awaited IHOP.

Grisham had a meeting last week with representatives of the International House of Pancakes and expected to have a follow-up phone conversation with them on Friday.

2013 may also bring a Taco Casa and an Aldi, a global discount supermarket chain, he said.

Grisham said that the owner of the land where Christian Brothers Automotive is located, across the highway from H-E-B, is considering a 10,000-square-foot strip shopping center.

The EDC director said that a company that will be off-loading frac sand at the industrial park may attract other businesses because of the railroad “spur line and runaround track.”

He said he believes that the Barnett Shale may reappear due to rising natural gas prices. Also rising, he said, are home sales.

“We’re a hot spot,” said Grisham. “If we can get some more primary jobs here and work with Weatherford College to get a full-blown campus, that will be huge.”

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