City of Paris approves zoning for travel center

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Last night the Paris city council approved rezoning a piece of land off Loop 286 near Home Depot for a travel center.

The piece of land between Home Depot and First Federal Bank will soon be home to a travel center housing a convenience store, Denny's and a Which Wich sandwich shop all under one roof.

Victron Energy out of Waxahachie plans to build the complex, which will also include a full-service car wash.

The travel center would add 100 jobs to the area and according to City Manager John Godwin, could help lower fuel prices.

"It introduces competition, there's plenty of places to buy gas, but sometimes gas in Paris gets pretty expensive." says Godwin. "Last summer it got very expensive, compared to some of the other cities in the area."

Many people we talked to say they're excited for the new construction.

"We've been waiting for something to come in here a long time.' said Paris resident, Dough McAulay. "We've had rumors about things coming in, but I think those will do pretty well."

The company had to get special zoning permits to allow for fuel cells and expects to close on the property soon. Construction is expected to start within the year -- possibly this summer.