Big business coming to Smith County following November election


POSTED: Wednesday, November 6, 2013 - 5:18pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, November 6, 2013 - 6:46pm

In the November 5th election, voters in Smith County approved the sale of beer and wine in grocery stores, gas stations, and convenience stores for Justice of the Peace Precincts one and four. Leaving only two precincts remaining in the county that are dry—precincts three and five.

But this election was particularly important for Precinct four specifically, because the plans for a Walmart Superstore on the corner of East Loop 323 and Highway 31, depended on it. "They did not want to be the only grocery store in the city of Tyler that could not sell beer and wine so what they said to us was you have to get this beer and wine passed or we will not come," Robert Patterson, Treasurer of the Buy Smith County First committee said Wednesday to KETK News, "there should be about 25 and 30 million dollars worth of development on the corner of highway 31 and the loop,” Patterson said.

Patterson says the big box retailer has plans to close the deal by January of 2014, "There should be about 25 to 30 million dollars worth of development on the corner of Highway 31 and the Loop." Patterson went on to say,"theoretically we could be turning dirt on the East Loop by March or April.” He says the sale of beer and wine in more parts of Smith County opens up a world of opportunities for new businesses. And he expects Smith County as a whole to be wet by the March 2014 primary election.

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