Business activity in Cleburne continues to grow as more businesses come to town.
City staff highlighted this growth at the Oct. 26 City Council meeting. The presentation highlighted new businesses and commercial activity.
“Commercial construction continues to gain momentum, and interest from brokers representing retail and commercial enterprises continues on an upward trajectory this quarter,” Economic Development Manager Grady Easdon said.
Some of the new businesses under construction include Texas Best Smokehouse at 2825 N. Nolan River Road, 7-Eleven at Cleburne Station, Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers at 1605 W. Henderson, Clearwater Express Car Wash at 807 W. Henderson St., and Gelati’s gourmet ice cream and bake shop at 204 S. Main St. Through September 2021, the city issued 39 commercial building permits year-to-date, compared to just 15 in the same time period last year.
In addition to new business, reinvestment in the community also continues. This past quarter, the city approved seven façade grants and five Downtown Building Rehabilitation grants. These programs assist local businesses in bettering existing commercial properties. Since their inception in 2017, the Façade grant has assisted 36 projects worth more than $445,000 in improvements with $160,000 in grant funding and the Downtown Building Rehabilitation grant has assisted in 16 projects worth more than $520,000 in improvements with $213,000 in grant funding.
Sales tax allocation this year through October 2021 is also up more than 11% compared to the same time period last year. Unemployment in Cleburne in September was 4.3%, which was lower than the state’s 4.9%.