DENISON, TX -- Decades ago Main Street in Denison was the place to be and over the past several years city leaders have been trying to bring life back to the downtown area and now they say they are achieving their goal.
City officials say since October of 2010 about 30 businesses have opened up on Main Street and she says with Caterpillar opening a 90 person office space above the Chase Bank downtown Denison's future is looking even brighter.
Colleen Roberts grew up in Denison and Main Street was the place to be until Katy Railroad moved its headquarters out of town in 1988.
"When the railroad left it just kind of closed up almost everything just started moving away," Roberts said.
Main Street Director Donna Dow says the community has been working hard to bring business back into downtown. She says dozens of stores have opened over the past few years helping Main Street get back on it's feet and things keep looking up, especially after Caterpillar announced they were moving in.
"It's not as many people as the Katy had here, but it's a really big shot in the arm for us and we are really looking forward to it," Dow said.
Dow says because of Caterpillar's new 90 person office space several businesses are looking to move in and even expand. Owner of Country Java Nancy Gentry says this year she has seen a 30 percent increase in sales and says with more business she's adding 32 more seats.
"Caterpillar was just like our last push to we need to go ahead and get this done. With that many more people coming into the downtown area we wanted to make a comfortable place for them to have lunch," Gentry said.
Caterpillar is supposed to open the Denison office at the end of July.
Country Java should wrap up their expansion around the same time.