KELLER, TX—There were tears in her eyes, as Terrie Daughtry packed up her shop in Keller.
"It hurts my heart, it really does."
The former nurse, turned business owner opened Shoestring Interiors and Gifts four years ago in the Arthouse development near Town Hall. Recently, a handful of business owners, including Daughtry were told by the landlord they would need to relocate.
"I think it is a great loss for the city. These mom and pop shops, just aren't coming back anytime soon," Daughtry said.
Daughtry isn't alone. A handful of businesses are being forced to close and move out of the project that includes a blend of retail stores on the lower level and residential living on the floors on top.
City officials say the developer, Southern Land Company, based in Tennessee plans to turn the retail areas into residential living to improve its bottom line. Some business owners say they feel duped.
"None of us are desperate and going out of business," Pat Gloger, President of meHD. "We just kind of got moved out of business."
Gloger says she poured her life savings into her three-year old skincare and makeup studio. She says the new location that Arthouse offered her is inferior to her current location.
"To move into a space that is less desirable and not as visible is just a difficult thing for us to swallow."
Gloger says she hasn't decided if she will move or stay and eventually be surrounded by apartments. She is angry, but other business owners say they understand the developer's decision to improve its financial position.
But, Daughtry still isn't happy that she will have to find somewhere else to build her dream business.