This summer two new restaurants—Five Guys Burgers and Fries, and Pie Five Pizza—will join multiple restaurants along Hwy. 29 and I-35 near a planned Natural Grocers location, which is expected to open in late 2016. However, as the city’s population continues to grow, city leaders say residents continue to talk to them about the need for more restaurants, retail shops and grocery stores.
“We get a lot of feedback from the community about what people would like to see [in terms of additional retail],” City Manager David Morgan said. “[Residents want] more grocery stores in different locations … and more sit-down restaurants.”
In January the city issued a request for proposals from retail marketing consultants to complete a market analysis and retail-positioning strategy to be used for economic development, Morgan said. The study would look at a broad range of retail and dining establishments, from general retail and specialty stores to small and large big-box retailers and restaurants. The study is expected to take about 12 months and could begin in May.