Weatherford News

Hudson Oaks welcomes new businesses

Word has gotten out, and the excitement rages on, as residents in Parker County learn that the HEB grocery chain will be locating one of its stores in Hudson Oaks.

The San Antonio based company, with more than 76,000 employees, recently made the agreement with the city.

“Bringing HEB to Hudson Oaks means a great deal to the city for several reasons,” Pat Deen, Mayor of Hudson Oaks said.

“First and foremost, it follows our comprehensive plan in bringing those type businesses identified by our business leaders and residents to the city. Not only does HEB provide another local option as a different variety grocer, but provides the city its second anchor which will help attract high-end restaurants and businesses to the city.”

He said it also helps the city achieve three of the five community goals outlined in the comprehensive plan, which are:

• Maintain a no property tax in Hudson Oaks;

• Improve the visual integrity of Hudson Oaks corridors;

• And it makes Hudson Oaks distinguishable from adjacent communities.

“HEB's proximity to the proposed Town Center concept on the Oykey corridor will dramatically accelerate this development,” Deen added. “From a location standpoint, we felt we offered HEB the best strategic location in the county. It is central to not only the Eastern Parker County Cities, but also to Weatherford.

Deen said and within a 10 mile radius of its proposed location at US 180 and Lakeshore, gives HEB access to more than 76,000 people.

Since adopting the 2012 Comprehensive Plan, Hudson Oaks has become a premier development location in Parker County. Guided by the community’s overwhelming desire to remain free of a city property tax and bolstered by its close proximity to downtown Fort Worth, the last two years have brought major developments from retail shopping to corporate relocation and regional entertainment opportunities such as Splash Kingdom Waterpark.

“We are excited about what HEB will mean for Hudson Oaks and Parker County,” City Administrator Patrick Lawler said. “This could not have happened if not for the leadership of our Mayor and City Council, and their commitment to implementing the vision laid out by our community.”

Along with HEB, Hudson Oaks is welcoming several new businesses in the coming months. Joining Hibbett Sports and Great Clips in the new Shops at Hudson Oaks in the coming weeks are Palio’s Pizza Cafe, Blu Jasmine, and AT&T. Relocating to Hudson Oaks is Freedom Powersports, which will be opening a 30,000 square foot flagship showroom at Lakeshore Drive and IH-20.

“I offer my personal thanks and appreciation to the city council, staff, Jerry Durant and other property owners and a great HEB development team that help make this possible,” Deen said. “We really are very proud of the fact we are one of only a few cities in the state of Texas with no city tax that has a full time police and fire department. It's too easy for government to put more taxes on people; so we really have taken the approach in Hudson Oaks to roll up our sleeves and work hard not to do that.”