LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Lufkin, Texas is open for business.
"We are really excited about the new retail that we have coming this year," said Lufkin City manager Keith Wright.
Several new retailers will open their doors this year, including Burlington Coat Factory, Ulta, a FedEx distribution center, Newk's Eatery, and LufTex Gear Shop.
A large number of residents said they are not only excited to shop, but are interested to see how these new businesses will help the economy.
"It would actually help the town better because it gives other people a better opportunity to find jobs because it hasn't always been easy," said Lufkin resident Rebekah McEntire.
Lufkin is known by many it's for manufacturing jobs.
"We're still focusing on manufacturing jobs, but we would also like to expand and do things that orient more towards retail," Wright said.
Wright said the city benefits from sales taxes and having so many diverse businesses coming to town not only benefits Lufkin shoppers, but shoppers from all over the Deep East Texas region.
"Lufkin is kind of a retail hub," Wright said. "It's important to have that variety for someone that's coming to Lufkin looking for things, instead of having to go to Tyler or Beaumont or some of these larger cities. If they can get everything here without going somewhere else, that's what we're looking for."
Wright said the city has hired a company to reach out to businesses to bring in more retailers to Lufkin. There are a few things some citizens wanted to see.
I would love to see a Dillard's and more pet friendly stores," McEntire said.
"It would be nice to have a little more kid stuff," said Lufkin resident Abby Alexander.
"I want somewhere that's more kid friendly, where they can go and play arcade games like they do at Chuck E Cheese," McEntire said.
For now, however, everyone seems to be excited to see new businesses coming in and others expanding in 2016.