The Harker Heights Chamber of Commerce is hosting a government affairs and economic development luncheon next week that is open to the public, organizers said.

The luncheon is from 11:45 to 1 p.m. Tuesday at St. Paul Chong Hasang Parish Hall, 1000 E. Farm-to-Market 2410, and will feature Aaron Farmer, senior vice president of The Retail Coach.

“This is great information for current business owners, businesses looking to expand and overall the economic development of Harker Heights,” said Gina Pence, chamber president and CEO.

Attendance to Tuesday’s luncheon is free, and there will be an optional $10 catered boxed lunch, Pence said.

Reservations for the boxed lunch should be made by today by calling 254-699-4999 or emailing

During a Sept. 1 council workshop, Farmer presented the first two phases of the Retail Coach studies that analyzed local shopping habits.

Retail Coach representatives spoke with local residents and shoppers to identify why they leave the area to shop elsewhere, and what they’d like to see locally.

“We want to attract new businesses that will bring more with it, and improve the quality of life for the city’s residents,” Farmer said.

City Manager David Mitchell previously said Harker Heights is strategically located in the heart of the region in the middle of the U.S. Highway 190 corridor.

Many large lots have witnessed development, and the city recognized the need to attract retrials bringing regional draw to the smaller properties in the city, he said.

“We have a good story to tell,” Mitchell previously said. “We just need someone to tell it.”

Pence said Tuesday’s luncheon will provide more updated information about the Retail Coach’s study.

Contact Rachael Riley at or 254-501-7553

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