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Lockhart exploding with businesses

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The city of Lockhart is exploding with businesses popping up left and right.
The population is expected to do the same this next decade.

The growth of Austin is spreading toward Lockhart, causing the city to undergo a major expansion.
"We've grown probably 50 percent since I've been here, 1980. We're still a bedroom community but we're creating more and more opportunities to work here locally," says Lew White, Mayor of Lockhart.
It was nearly two and a half years ago when a Walmart Supercenter opened up, providing an incentive for more businesses to follow, like AT&T, Great Clips and River Rock Dental.
Saturday was the groundbreaking ceremony of Murphy Express.
"The people that are wanting to expand their businesses, like Murphy Express, are looking at us because they say, 'this is an area that doesn't have three or four filling stations every block,'" says Fermin Islas, Lockhart Economic Development Corporation charmain.
New businesses continue popping up along Highway 183.
Gene Galbraith opened up the Southwest Museum of Clocks and Watches downtown six years ago.
He has seen a lot change over that time.
"Everything that's grown up in Lockhart has gone to Highway 183. If you want to see the old town of Lockhart you have to come off of 183 into the courthouse square," says Gene Galbraith, Southwest Museum of Clocks and Watches.
Now Highway 130 is catching attention.
"Highway 130 is a golden opportunity. The traffic is nowhere near compared to I35. It affords a very quick and easy way to get between Austin and San Antonio," says Lew White, Mayor of Lockhart.
A new steel company is moving into Industrial Park and a major homebuilder has purchased 125 lots to build on.
Marketing to a hometown community means reaching out to people who normally go out of town for a lot of their services.
There are many reason's behind this sudden growth.
"Opportunities with affordable land, we've got a good workforce, we've got affordable utilities, competitive tax rates," says Lew White, Mayor of Lockhart.
The city is also working to revitalize downtown, creating an area with more entertainment activities and retail.
"We've almost gotten to the point where in the next ten years we feel like we're going to almost double in size," says Fermin Islas, Lockhart Economic Development Corporation charmain.
The current population of Lockhart is around 12,000.

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