In booming Plano labor market, some employers struggle to hire

Restaurants, hospitality employers have trouble retaining employees as new jobs flood into suburb

A series of prominent developments in Plano is expected to bring tens of thousands of jobs to the city in the coming years—but it will be harder to fill some of those job openings than others.

From the executives and staff in brand-new, sparkling corporate offices, to the cooks and servers in restaurants at the Legacy West development, the demand for labor in Plano is diverse and growing. But local business leaders have said the Plano restaurants, retail stores and hospitality employers that have struggled for years to retain their workers could be in for a harder time in the coming months.

“In a community like Plano where you have a large number of restaurants, retail [and] hotels that are coming online at once, you have a lot of competition” for labor, said Jamee Jolly, president and CEO of the Plano Chamber of Commerce.

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Art classes for kids, adults drive success of downtown Plano storefront Pipe & Palette

Pipe & Palette

Art hangs on brick walls at the Pipe & Palette storefront. Daniel Houston

The first time June Parker peered into an empty storefront in downtown Plano, the neighborhood business community was far less active than it is today.

The space sat vacant in a neighborhood that had only recently been labeled an arts district—and an artistic use for the store was exactly what Parker had in mind.

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