Prickly Pear, Yearbook of Abilene Christian University, 2006 Page: 53
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During the school year, students saw the beginning of several new
businesses near the ACU campus. One of the biggest changes was the
new Wal-Mart Supercenter, which opened in August near 1-20 and State
"It is so convenient to be able to go across the street for just about
anything, compared to when we used to have to drive to the other side of
town," said Carrie Henderson, a junior marketing major from St. Louis.
Right next to the Wal-Mart Supercenter, a Chili's restaurant opened
on May 18, and the Cracker Barrel Old Country Store opened its doors
Dec. 5, bringing 150 new jobs to the community.
Kim Leedy, freshman missions major from The Woodlands, said she
is a fan of Cracker Barrel.
"It's great food, and it's not too expensive," Leedy said. She compares
the menu prices to restaurants like Chili's.
The Wal-Mart and Cracker Barrel built fall semester and the Chili's
built in front of Wal-Mart during the spring semester are only the beginning
plans of developer Kenneth Musgrave. These plans for development
have been in his mind for more than 20 years, and they stretch far beyond
what already has been built.
Musgrave owns 2,500 acres between Interstate 20 to Eastlake, and he
already has done major work to the area; Wal-Mart and Cracker Barrel
are just the beginning, he said.
I'm trying to complement the city and the area," Musgrave said. "I'm
not competing with the south side of town."
Ihe combination of Cracker Barrel and the Chili's is a combination
designed to bring in two different types of people, he said.
"Cracker Barrel is a restaurant that draws people off of the highway,"
Musgrave said. "Some people plan their trips around Cracker Barrel."
Chili's, which had its grand opening on May 18, will attract a younger
crowd, he said.
Musgrave said in addition to Chili's, he plans to build two strip malls
and other restaurants and bring in retailers that he will not discuss at this
time. Musgraves plan goes further than businesses, he said. People must
live in the area to keep the shops and restaurants in business.
He plans to develop homes for an additional 30,000 people farther
down Highway 351. Enclave, a development off Highway 351, is scheduled
to have 136 garden homes. Lots are being added in the Heritage
Park development, and duplexes are also being developed nearby.
The entire planned project might take a lifetime to finish, but it will
boost the activity on the north side of Abilene, said Jeff Armstrong, development
services manager for the city of Abilene.
"I think in general this is a good thing;' Armstrong said. "Having
growth on the north side is good because there is plenty of business on
The developments will bring a lot of business to Abilene, and a new
road is planned to make the traffic less dense, Musgrave said.
Along with the new businesses built near 1-20 and State Highway
351, two new businesses have also opened on Judge Ely Blvd.
Third Rock Creamery, an ice cream parlor, opened on Judge Ely Blvd.
at the beginning of the spring 2006 semester.
Jenni Walker, a sophomore IMC major from Hershey, Pa., describes
Third Rock as"a good place to hang out with friends in a Christian atmosphere
while enjoying our tasty treats."
A few doors down from Third Rock Creamery, a new restaurant
named Sharky's Burrito Company opened. Sharky's Burrito Company
is a build-your-own-burrito restaurant that provides a Christian atmosphere
and is a wireless hot-spot. The restaurant is connected to the
United grocery store.
By: Kenny McEntire, Takisha Knight and Morgan Williams,
adapted from the Optimist
Kimberly Powell, sophomore accounting
major from Franklin, Tenn., loads a burrito for
Jeff Duncan, junior accounting major from
Colleyville, at Sharky's Burritos in the United
Shopping Center on Judge Ely Blvd.
Photo by Emerald McGowan
A view of the construction of the new Chili's
located on State Highway 351 in front of the
Wal-Mart Supercenter. When the restaurant
opened in May it provided new jobs for several
Photo by Emerald McGowan
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