TEMPLE (November 18, 2013) Food truck vendors from throughout Central Texas have shown interest in opening up permanent business in Temple.
For the last three months, the Temple College Foundation and the Entrepreneur Center of Central Texas have worked to come up with an affordable way to develop plans for a mobile food truck park.
The main site is a one acre lot that sits adjacent to the HEB distribution center in the Temple Industrial Park.
The property was donated to the foundation by the Windland family, said Jennifer Graham, executive director of Temple College Foundation.
"It gives us a little bit of that hip Austin feel without having some of the Austin traffic," she said.
"It would have seating, restrooms, canopies, parking areas for the food trucks with electrical and all of those sorts of needs."
The park will also serve the thousands of workers in the industrial park who have a lack of food options in their area.
"If we can make it attractive enough here in Temple, then that'll be a good thing for the city, good thing for the economy, and a good thing for small businesses," said Vane Hugo, executive director of the Entrepreneur Center of Central Texas.
"It's a chance to build some real grass roots businesses and to help out the folks here in the industrial park with a good place to eat."
"The benefits are its on wheels and you can pick up and leave," said Sherry Ayres, owner of In Hog Heaven food concession trailer.
The cost to develop the park is estimated at about $20,000.
Graham said the cost has so far been funded through donations.
The new food truck park is scheduled to be completed by late 2014, but the organizations hope to open up food truck sites in other areas such as at Temple College and the downtown area.
Graham said the plan is to open some sites by this Christmas.
Interested vendors can contact the foundation at 254-598-7435.