LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Construction is under way on a new building on South Medford Drive in Lufkin next door to the Ulta Beauty Store. When it is completed, it will house three businesses – Mattress Firm, Sport Clips, and Pie Five Pizza.
Lufkin City Manager Keith Wright confirmed that the three businesses will be housed in the building next door to Ulta Beauty, which is located at 4419 S. Medford Drive.
Wright said the businesses coming to town show a strong community.
"Mostly, our money that comes to the city comes from sales tax," Wright said. "The money that comes from sales tax funds the 4B corporation for us to do economic development. You know, retail is important."
Mattress Firm, which is based in Houston, has more than 3,5000 company-operated and franchised stores across 48 states. According to the company's Website, Mattress Firm has the largest geographic footprint among multi-brand mattress retailers in the United States.
"The company set out to be a different kind of mattress retailer; focused on creating a unique shopping experience for the customer with a large selection of quality, brand name bedding products, competitive pricing and knowledgeable, well-trained associates," the Website stated.
The store is moving from its existing location at 4003 S. Medford Drive.
Based in Georgetown, Sport Clips, a sports-themed hair care franchise for men and boys, was founded in 1993. The company now has more than 1,500 stores across the United States and Canada. It was listed among "Entrepreneur Magazines" Fastest Growing Franchises.
Pie Five Pizzas, is based in Dallas, and the concept launched in September of 2010. The "fast-casual" pizza chain, which is a subsidiary of the RAVE Restaurant, has restaurants at 80 locations in 24 states and Washington, D.C.
"We don't create pizza for the masses, our pies are all about the individual – each customer can create their own fresh, customizable pizza at one affordable price," the Pie Five Pizzas Website stated.
The chain's restaurants use state-of-the-art, custom-designed pizza ovens that cook the pizzas in 145 seconds. In addition, Pie Five Pizzas offers gluten-free, calorie-conscious, vegan, and vegetarian options.
Wright said the city is starting to look at a comprehensive plan similar to what they did in 2001.
"It will look at all a;specs and where the city is going," Wright said. "We are looking at 5 years from now all the way to 20 years from now."
Wright said that the city is changing the way it does business.
"The days are gone of the big industries," Wright said. "We are having more smaller machine shops popping up. I think they are more diversified to handle a loss. If you look at it we are moving to a more service based economy as a society as a whole. It is across all of America, not just here."