LUMBERTON - by Ashley Gaston
A new health care center, restaurants, businesses… just about everywhere you look in Lumberton, something new is opening up.
The population has skyrocketed to about 13 thousand, according to the last census.
Six news anchor Ashley Gaston spoke to all of those people and visitors.
It's the first step in what the owner of Hamburger Depot calls a juicy burger.
“Our goal is this...we want it to run down to your elbow either that or use 10 napkins one or the other,” said Tressy Morgan
Tressy Morgan believes the juicy patty is why the burger restaurant is successful.
“We're overwhelmed with the response of the people, they've been so encouraging,” said Morgan.
Morgan opened the area's 5th hamburger Depot just two weeks ago. It's in a shopping center in a rapidly expanding part of Lumberton, off highway 69...just north of the high school.
It’s one of a number of new businesses popping up on this end of town.
Altus health care is contributing to the growth in Lumberton. Contractors are working to finish the facility by the end of 2013. It will provide residents with primary care physicians and a 24 hour emergency room.
“It improves their quality of life, so they don't have to rush to Beaumont,” said Mayor Don Suratt.
Don Surratt is Lumberton’s mayor. He says the town continues growing and there's no sign it'll slow down.
“It's a great community we have a to offer and it's only going to get better,” said Suratt.
And the Mayor says, It offer more opportunities for people in Lumberton to stay in town to work, shop and or eat.
A new city park is also going up off Highway 421 in Lumberton.