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Lufkin Main Street hosts Cash Mob to revitalize downtown

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LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) -

With restoration and expansion projects like the Pines Theater and Lufkin Civic center set to open in the December, the Lufkin Main Street is working to revitalize the city and fill the streets of downtown.

"If you can bring people downtown get them interested and excited just so they'll come look," said Keith Wright, Deputy City Manager.

Tuesday afternoon Lufkin Main Street hosted the city's first cash mob.

Community members marched through the streets of downtown to mob one local retailer.

Main street director Barbara Thompson says business downtown has been slow and the mob is the push downtown merchants need. 

"If its five or 10 people that come in that business, its still more people than maybe they would have seen," said Thompson.

Downtown store owners voted and Circle E. Candles and Quality Bargains as the location for the first mob.

The main street plans to host several throughout the year.

"It will get people to stick around because there will be other sales going on downtown and people get a chance to walk around and look and see what else is going on," said Thompson.

 Carlis Picha owns Circle E. Candles and says cash mobs will expose the community to downtown treasures they might have overlooked.

"It will brings us more sales and revenue and it will introduce the public to what we have, they'll come and they'll keep coming," said Picha.

 As enhancements continue officials hope the mobs will encourage people to discover local shops and breathe life into downtown. 

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