On the site, a Starbucks is about to be fully operational, and the developers hope to bring other popular restaurants like a Chick-fil-A.

LUMBERTON, Texas — Residents of Lumberton and those surrounding it may soon have a new shopping and dining destination thanks to a Houston-based real estate company.

Plans are underway for a commercial development site near Highway 69, just south of Lumberton High School. The brains behind the upcoming development are with NewQuest Properties.

NewQuest Properties is a private, full-service commercial real estate company.

NewQuest employees explore smaller areas for high growth and development. They saw Lumberton as the ideal solution.

“Lots of young families, wonderful school districts and a very welcoming community from the mayor to council to everyone in this area,” said Andrew Alvis, vice president and development partner of NewQuest Properties.

Alvis said the goal of the development is to give Lumberton residents and young families a place to go and have fun. The company seeks to offer everything from restaurants to ice cream parlors to nail salons.

“We want people to be able to come here in the morning, do a little shopping, have some breakfast, drop their kids off at school, come back, hang out with their friends while the kids are at school, then stay there. all day until they can get their kids back,” Alvis said.

On the site, a Starbucks is about to be fully operational, and the developers hope to bring other popular spots like Chick-fil-A. The developers also plan to add green space, as it has worked well in other development sites such as Katy and Missouri City.

“That’s what people want these days,” Alvis said. “I have two small children and my life revolves around where can I go to take my children that I can have fun, and they can go out and play and be with friends. So these small green space projects are very important to us.

Area business owners are excited about the impending addition to the town. They believe it will put Lumberton on the map and be good for business.

“Brings more traffic through Lumberton,” said Longhorn Liquor store manager Mike Wright. “I’m hoping for more people in the store I’m in, so it’s positive all around.”

The development is still in the early planning stages, but Alvis is confident it will be a success for the area.

“It’ll be cool,” Alvis said. “We’re moving forward, and it’s going to be a space where I think the community will revolve around that.”

NewQuest is working with a developer from Beaumont, who wants to install a food hall on the site. The developers have stated that a tentative date for the end of new development is the end of 2023.

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