Hilton hotel and event center to be joined by restaurants, shops

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DENISON, Texas -- Construction on the Hilton Garden Inn and Texoma Event Center off of U.S. 75 near Highway 691 is on schedule, but there might soon be more construction projects popping up nearby.

The establishment is set to open for business November 19. According to Janet Ventura, catering sales manager for Hilton Garden Inn, the new hotel and event center is already booking guests.

But before it opens, the business will be looking for 50 to 60 employees before it opens in November, Ventura said.

Ventura said Texoma Workforce Solutions is plans to hold a job fair for the hotel in the near future.

Around the Hilton Garden Inn and Texoma Event Center site, the land is relatively barren. Currently, it is the only thing that sits on the west side of U.S. 75 at the corner of the frontage road and Highway 691.

At this time, there are no concrete plans for other businesses to move in next door. However, project planners are hoping that will soon change.

"That is really what we're focusing on now is going after restaurants and other retail establishments to compliment the business that will be there," Anna McKinney, president of the Denison Chamber of Commerce said.

McKinney said the master goal of the project is to grow and connect all of Denison from the south -- at the new hotel site -- to the north, where the new high school is.

"Right now [the convention center and hotel] is kind of the lone ranger out there, but moving forward, we already have an interest from restaurants," McKinney said.

She said the spot is a great intersection for development because the hospital sits on the opposite side of 75.

Denison's economic development team, she said, is getting the word out that there's sites available near the hotel.

As for what you can expect to see in the future, McKinney said it's unclear if the development will be stand alone shops or a more outside shopping plaza design.

"We see this as a really huge economic driver for our area as we develop that intersection."

The development also means more jobs in the area, although it's unknown at this time just how many could come to the area.

Furthermore, McKinney said new homes are expected to be built near the development site, so the new shops and hotel will cater to those who move in.