The city received more than $8 million in sales tax revenue from the state last year, the most Keller has ever received, officials said.
DeAnna Reaves, director of Keller economic development department, gave a presentation at Tuesday’s council meeting that said the increase can be attributed to significant growth in the city, including 12 new restaurants, 27 new retail stores and 24 new medical facilities and offices. Among the new additions: Sprouts grocery store and Baylor Emergency Medical Center, both on South Main Street.
Other businesses expanded their services, Reaves said, noting that the Keep it in Keller campaign, which encourages residents to shop and dine locally, is working. She said the the Keep it in Keller website is being updated to include a list of those businesses.
“It shows that businesses are doing so well that they are able to grow,” she said. She added that in the last 15 months, the city added in more than 143,000 square feet of new commercial space at a $20.6 million value.
So far in 2014 the city has opened one new eatery, seven new retail stores, five offices and three business expansions, she said. Upcoming highlights are the new Texas Bleu restaurant and the Shops of Marshall Ridge. Currently there is more than 185,000 square feet of land in building or in planning at a $19.7 million total.
Some of those upcoming buildings are Children’s Learning Adventure, Moviehouse and Eatery, Chick-fil-A and Shannon Brewing Company.
Reaves said she and other city staff keep a “prospect list” of suggestions made by citizens for new businesses.
Visit the city’s website to watch Reaves’ presentation and to see a list of prospective businesses the department is looking for.