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Port Arthur business booming
BEAUMONT-By: Leslie Rangel
For years, the city of Port Arthur has tried to revitalize.
Now, one area of the city is slowly seeing recovery, bringing in new restaurants, stores and hotels.
Downtown Port Arthur hasn't benefited from urban renewal, but the mid-county area is building momentum brick by brick.
If you've made the drive before, you've seen construction along this stretch of 69 has become part of the landscape.
Sounds of hammering and machinery are the sounds of what some call the new Port Arthur.
"It's quite overwhelming sometimes to, to see a place where you've grown up your whole life and seen all the things that are new and just popping up everywhere," Tia Huebel, the manager at the Boot Barn says.
Overwhelming growth she says is good for business.
"We've seen an enormous amount of guests come in, especially our working guys," Huebel said.
They target customers they say are right outside their front doors.
"They don't have to drive so far and that we are here and they are watching all the development around us and they're getting excited too," Huebel says.
That new development didn't pop up out of no where.
The city manager says it's been an ongoing expansion.
"We have the refineries and the work that they do, but you have to have the supporting businesses and industries that lend themselves to be of a nature that they also create jobs for people," Floyd Johnson, Port Arthur city manager says.
People in living in the community say the growth ensures success down the road.
"I'm a mom so I think about my kids and their future here in the next couple of years and seeing these things build up. I think about them, where they're going to be, where Port Arthur is going to be in the next 5-10 years and what's going to be accessible to them as well," Huebel says.
Owners from Pita Pit in Beaumont also confirm they are looking at sites for their new restaurant along Highway 69.