Make way for Industrial Diesel, Orscheln

By Kristen Tribe | Published Saturday, September 1, 2018

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We’re getting closer to having a business up and running at Eagles Landing Business Park.

A land contract and performance agreement for Industrial Diesel was approved by the Decatur Economic Development Corp. Aug. 15 and ratified this week by the Decatur City Council.

The land contract included the sale of 21 acres for $12,000 per acre, a $38,000 savings since the land is valued at $50,000 per acre.

“This is the incentive for them to come,” EDC Executive Director Thom Lambert said.

The company will build a 60,000 square-foot facility and employ 50 people to start. Lambert said annual sales are about $3.25 million.

“It’s a good, solid deal,” Lambert said.

Industrial Diesel, owned by Chris Stevens and Sam Bonar, is currently at a location on Harmon Road in Fort Worth.


According to Lambert, Orscheln Farm and Home has its construction permit to build a 52,000 square-foot store on 28.41 acres north of Business U.S. 380 across the road from Lowe’s.

The Decatur City Council Monday night approved a Chapter 380 Agreement with the business giving it a one-half of 1-cent sales tax rebate for five years or a maximum of $125,000, whichever comes first.

According to the Orscheln website, the family owns 165 stores in 10 states, but Decatur, along with Sherman and Weatherford, are their first Texas stores.

Orscheln carries a wide range of products including fencing, sports and outdoors items, clothing, livestock and equine supplies and tools, among many other things.


A developer has closed on 7.51 acres at the corner of Farm Road 51 South and Buchanan Road in Decatur. A senior living facility will be built on the site. The multi-family development will have age restrictions.


Several months ago I mentioned a mystery restaurant coming to Decatur and said its name would be revealed in July. Well, that didn’t happen.

And I found out it was decided the original location is no longer suitable.

So here’s where things stand: the restaurant is still coming but looking for another location.

I can’t tell you the name of the restaurant yet, but I can tell you it’s not Chick-fil-A.


Hometown Hero

HOMETOWN HERO – Wise County Committee on Aging Executive Director Amy Pegues (far left) was named a Modern Woodmen Hometown Hero recently. Scott Mosley with the Decatur Rotary Club and Stephanie Jones with Modern Woodmen presented the award. Pegues was recognized for her dedication to the Meals on Wheels program. Submitted photo

Wise County Committee on Aging Executive Director Amy Pegues was recently recognized as a Modern Woodmen Hometown Hero for her hard work and dedication to Meals on Wheels of Wise County.

The Committee on Aging and Decatur Rotary Club took part in the presentation, and Modern Woodmen made a donation to Meals on Wheels in Pegues’ name.


Divine Center of Yoga is having a grand opening celebration 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday. There will be free yoga, mimosas and chocolates. Sounds like a pretty relaxing Labor Day to me!

(Disclaimer: You must register for the free classes because space is limited. You can find the link through their Facebook event page.)


Sometimes I count nuggets instead of sheep.

Sweet dreams, friends.

Days without Chick-fil-A in Wise County: 244.

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