For those of you not from Abilene let me give you a bit of background before I completely vent about an issue.... Abilene is not known for it's ability to bring new businesses into town... something about the 'city fathers' not wanting growth... with that said here goes the vent...
When I went to Arkansas a couple of weeks ago I found a store that I absolutely loved... CATO fashions. I have heard that there is one in Lubbock and the metroplex...but no Abilene. The rumor is that we might be getting one... but there are also rumors that we will have a Kohl's and an Applebee's too. As I was driving home from teaching at the prison tonight, I passed through Sweetwater... which is a town with all of 11,000 people (according to city-data.com). As I was driving past their new Super Wal-Mart, I noticed a new shopping center... and low and behold there in the new shopping center is a CATO..... WHAT IN THE WORLD? Sweetwater... a town that is about 1/10th the size of Abilene gets the cool store... what is happening here?
I know that there are plenty of shopping centers around, so maybe our day is coming... and it isn't like Sweetwater is hours away... I can get there in 35 min on a hwy patrol free day... but come on, how in the world did that city rate and we don't? I have one more week at the prison... guess I am leaving early next week and going on a shopping spree before class!