Central Texas Marketplace re-opens Wednesday; Twin Peaks still closed

Posted at 8:15 AM, May 20, 2015
and last updated 2015-05-20 19:59:21-04

The entire Central Texas Marketplace shopping center reopened Wednesday, but not without affecting the businesses in the shopping center.

Three days without any customers leaves a mark on any business, but according to the Waco Chamber it's one the businesses at the Central Texas Marketplace can bounce back from.

"I think that given a little bit of time that things will fade fairly quickly and business will be back to normal," said Kris Collins, Senior Vice President of Economic Development for the Waco Chamber of Commerce.

"They took a bite out of their wallet for the citizens of Waco and I think the citizens of Waco will come back and support them wholeheartedly because of what they've done to help this law enforcement investigation," said Sgt. Patrick Swanton with the Waco Police Department.

Peter Caldwell is the general manager of Don Carlos Mexican Restaurant. He said being closed for three days, especially on a busy Sunday afternoon, wasn't easy to handle.

"We obviously did lose a lot of sales from those three days. Our concern going forward is that we're going to see a decrease in business over the next week or so or indefinitely," said Caldwell.

On Wednesday, Don Carlos Mexican Restaurant and other businesses in the shopping center had a steady stream of customers throughout the day, which is something they were hoping for but knew they couldn't guarantee.

"It's great to be back in routine. I think that's probably the best thing that you can do when something like this happens. Just get on with your life and get back to the day to day business of your life," said Caldwell. "And to do that, obviously, we want to be busy and just kind of doing the things that we do best, which is serve our customers and serve great food."

Twin Peaks is the only area in the shopping center that will remain closed.

A small police presence remained visible as officers continue to investigate.