(SAN ANTONIO, TX) Bexar County Precinct 4 County Commissioner Tommy Calvert, Mayor of Live Oak Mary Dennis and County Judge Nelson Wolff will join IKEA executives at a press conference Tuesday, November 29, 2016 at 10:30 am at the Live Oak Hilton Garden Inn, 8101 Pat Booker Rd.
“I am so excited to not have to go to Houston or Austin to shop at IKEA. Anybody who knows me knows I’m even more proud that they decided to locate in Precinct 4 along IH-35 in Live Oak. We’re doing a lot to change the image of the area and the IH-35 corridor between downtown San Antonio and New Braunfels. This area is the 4th fastest growing economic corridor in the United States,” exclaimed Bexar County Commissioner Tommy Calvert.
Calvert continued, “IKEA may not be aware that people will come from all over South Texas to shop at this store and we know shoppers from Mexico will also make the pilgrimage. I hope they’ll stay in beautiful Live Oak, Texas.”
The IKEA store is also close to Randolph Air Force Base, which is San Antonio’s sixth largest employer, yet the area around Randolph lacks retail. County Commissioner Calvert has been hosting meetings with members of the retail development community to share the statistics of high disposable income in the northeast and untapped retail gaps. The retail development community hasn’t caught up with the population boom in the area. He is pushing for more retail along 1604 and Rocket Lane where the county will move forward its first hybrid government and private sector development on 51.5 acres adjacent to the base.
“We can all see the corridor between Austin and San Antonio becoming a fully developed corridor and there is no doubt this will be a major draw along IH-35. We’re exploring all potential support to the City of Live Oak to ensure that IKEA knows Bexar County welcomes them with open arms,” said Commissioner Calvert.
County Commissioner Tommy Calvert has personally been a part of bringing more than $3 billion dollars in new investments to Precinct 4 from local, national and international developers.