GARDEN CITY, Kansas – It’s a project five years in the making, and now the signs are going up and stores are preparing for customers.
“We’re almost ready to open a couple of the stores, and certainly in the next 60 days more will be open, it’s exciting,” said Steve Cottrell, the City Engineer for Garden City.
The new shopping center reflects Garden City’s growth in the last several years. About a quarter of a million people come from outside of Finney County every year to spend money, and Schulman Crossing will significantly increase that sales tax revenue.
“We’re pulling from multiple states just because of our geographic location, we’re able to pull from Colorado, Nebraska, Oklahoma, even Texas,” said Finney County Economic Development President Lona DuVall.
Part of the town’s economic success comes from a conscious effort to make profitable opportunities, like Schulman Crossing, happen. The shopping complex was intentionally placed near highways 83 and 50.
“We secured about $3.5 million from KDOT for the highway and Schulman Avenue improvements,” Cottrell said.
Garden City is also looking at new housing projects, an expansion at the hospital, and an indoor water park coming in the next year. All projects that help the Southwest Kansas town stand out.
“The more opportunities that you give people to come to your community and the more reasons they want to come to your community, the better the chances are that every body’s going to have a benefit from that,” DuVall said.
Dicks will host its grand opening on August 29th and Hobby Lobby will open its doors on September 8th.