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Posted on: June 14, 2018

Business is booming at the Decatur Conference Center

By Kristen Tribe | Wise County Messenger


“How many times are we eating dinner at the conference center this month?” It’s become a running joke at my house because almost every local banquet, fundraiser or holiday party is held at the Decatur Conference Center.


It’s an incredibly popular location to hold events, and its revenues reflect that.


Decatur City Manager Brett Shannon said on a cash basis, receipts were $469,901.54, and expenditures were $555,416.04, which represents 85 percent coverage. On the accrual side, there’s 93 percent coverage.


This is almost unheard of for a city-run facility such as this.


Conference Center Director Lori Sherwood said since January, she’s up $15,000 to $20,000 in sales. She’s currently at $62,000 in sales for the month of May.


“The civic center is doing remarkably well,” Shannon said.


He also informed the EDC that the Fairfield Inn and Suites, next to the Conference Center, was completely booked during the Texas Scottish Festival and Highland Games, and it’s expected to be packed again next weekend for the JW Hart PBR Challenge.


A grand opening celebration is planned for June 28, 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.


ODDS AND ENDS


EDC Director Thom Lambert said QuikTrip construction should start soon. The store will be located at the corner of Hale Street and U.S. 81/287.


He also noted “the restaurant project” is still on track. We should know more about this in July. One thing I do know: It’s not Chick-fil-A.


The old Frilly’s site on U.S. 81/287 has a new broker, and a 380 agreement is in the works with Orscheln Farm and Home, which will be located across from Lowe’s in Decatur.


Lambert also reported progress is being made on Eagles Landing Business Park. A pre-construction meeting was recently held with McMahon Contracting, the company awarded the contract to build the infrastructure at the park.


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