The city of Brownwood has taken a step closer to securing a United Supermarket.
The supermarket still has to finish the sale for the land with the Holley family. If all goes according to plan, the grocery chain store will start construction later this year and open by 2015.
Local grocery stores such as Cullen's Home Town Market and Big G Grocery say business might be affected for a short time.
"I have confidence that people will come back after the excitement of a new store," Big G Grocery manager Linda Brown said.
Cullen's Market employee Jerry Payne feels it's the curiosity of a new place that will draw a crowd, but has full confidence that a hometown store will remain open for many more years to come. Local stores are unique and represents the community spirit, says Payne.
If the United Supermarket does move in, it will provide around 150 jobs. At least 25% will be full time.