It is encouraging to see any commercial real estate activity when the negative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on this sector has been so significant. Most existing businesses have experienced loss of traffic and sales as the fear caused by the pandemic looms. Hurst businesses are doing a commendable job of operating within the “new normal” and offering their goods and services in a safe manner. At times it has been confusing for retailers with the ever-changing executive orders, new guidelines and protocols. The HEB area and Hurst businesses have been fortunate as all but a few have now reopened and are working within their allowed occupancy limits.

It’s been great to see new business openings have continued thru this last quarter as 23 have opened in Hurst’s 10 square mile city limits. New business openings or expansions this quarter were highlighted by the openings of large retailers like Hobby Lobby, Tuesday Morning and Shoe Carnival. Having Hobby Lobby and Tuesday Morning open next to each other makes for a dynamic draw as they have recently done in Hurst, and brings an unlimited selection of home decorating items, furniture, arts and crafts and more. The new Shoe Carnival opened this month across the street at the neighboring Shops at North East Mall and offers a wide array of brand name footwear for men, women and kids. Restaurants employ the most people of any retail group. Even though they are operating by executive order at less than 100%, it has been great to experience four new restaurant openings in Hurst this quarter, and welcome their new employees to the daytime population. Egg Haven Café recently opened serving American cuisine breakfast and lunch. Art Food is a new restaurant serving Mexican and American food while the new Pho One restaurant has a wide variety of Vietnamese cuisine offerings. Babylon Coffee Roasters recently opened their new coffee shop serving coffee, teas and pastries on Grapevine Hwy.

Hurst visitors will enjoy the opening of the new Candlewood Suites this month. This extended stay hotel group will offer 84 hotel suites with fully equipped kitchens, free laundry, free wi-fi, gym, outdoor pool and gazebo grill. For more information about the City of Hurst, please contact Economic Development Director Steve Bowden.