POTTSBORO, TX - A new project in Pottsboro could mean more jobs and some road construction at the intersection of FM 120 and Spur 316.
The city council, along with the chamber of commerce have been making strides toward opening what would be the city's only local grocery store.
The effort to bring a Brookshire's grocery store to Pottsboro has been underway since late 2008.
City council has since approved plans to open the store and has been working with the Texas Department of Transportation to make arrangements for surrounding infrastructure.
Once all the roadway construction is sorted out, the proposal could make life a little easier for local consumers.
The Brookshire’s slated to set up shop at an intersection heavily traveled by Lake Texoma residents and visitors could change that.
Wanda Poe is the secretary of the chamber of commerce. She says the local economy could use a boost.
"local businesses are suffering, because people don't stop in Pottsboro now to get their groceries and fill their gas tanks and do their minor shopping," Poe said.
The project would also generate valuable tax dollars for the city, and not just from customers reflected in population numbers.
"It's not a true picture of exactly who lives here and who comes through Pottsboro on their way to the lake, supplying their boats and their weekend homes," Poe said.
Mayor Frank Budra says the addition is just what elderly residents and those with limited transportation need.
"It just makes more of a community thing for us. We've had a grocery store for years, off and on, we've had two or three different grocery stores here, and for whatever the reason, the last one closed down, and no one else chose to reopen it, so we need a grocery store badly, just for our citizens," Budra said.
Budra also says the store would bring with it more than just a convenient location.
"People have come through here, and decided to stay here. Pottsboro is a wonderful place to live, and if they slow down, they may decide they want to live in Pottsboro," said Budra.
Many residents and business owners who already live there have shown their support for "Project Brookshire," with hundreds of signatures, letters and emails.
Last week, council asked TxDOT to amend construction plans to make the store more accessible.
If those changes are approved by late December, Brookshire's says it will include the store in its 2011 budget, bringing 30 full-time jobs and 30 more part-time jobs to the area.