Hurst businesses, like all businesses throughout the country, continue to work hard as they diligently wade through the obstacles presented by months of COVID-19 impact. Exercising the many protocols necessary to protect customers and employees is a complicated task; unlike anything these businesses have ever faced before. It has been good to see the recovery recently as most businesses were allowed to move to 75% occupancy with the Governor’s latest Executive Order and many employees were able to return to work. Hurst businesses have also appreciated the financial aid they have received from the government’s Cares Act Stimulus funding. Over 700 Hurst businesses have received funding thru the Payroll Protection Program, the Emergency Disaster Loans or the Tarrant County Small Business Assistance Grant Program. Additional rounds of funding in these programs are now being made available or soon may be. No one knows what the future holds but the rebound in our area so far has been greatly encouraging.
 
In the last quarter, 39 businesses occupying 137,335 sq. ft. have opened in Hurst highlighted with the opening of the new Candlewood Suites (shown above) and big box retailer, Shoe Carnival. Three new apparel stores also opened at North East Mall including Waikiki, Zelomodel and Q Fashions. The Candlewood Suites is the first extended stay hotel in the City and opened with 84 suites on four floors with fully equipped kitchens, free laundry, free wi-fi, gym, outdoor pool and gazebo grill.
 
Texas Petition Strategies conducted a local option petition drive in Hurst last month. Their drive secured 5,227 verified petition signatures. The required number of signatures needed was 4,511 now allowing for Hurst citizens to vote in favor or against allowing packaged liquor stores in Hurst on the November 3rd ballot. For more information on the City of Hurst, please visit https://www.hursttx.gov.