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Royse City is in the process of adding new businesses in the coming months, even as it sees big increases in revenue from the existing merchants.

Royse City is in the process of adding new businesses in the coming months, even as it sees big increases in revenue from the existing merchants.

According to a report issued March 10 by Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar, state sales tax revenue totaled $2.51 billion in February, 13.3% less than in February 2020; however, after adjusting the February totals to account for March 1 activity, February sales tax revenue totaled $2.68 billion, down 7.5% from February 2020.

Royse City was to receive a sales tax rebate payment of $405,073.40 this month, representing an increase of 28.23% from the $315,872.71 received during March 2020. So far this fiscal year, the city has received $1.36 million in sales tax rebate revenue, representing an increase of 24.49% from the slightly more than $1 million collected through March 2020.

The Smoke Sessions Barbecue, 307 West Highway 66 in downtown Royse City, is planning a grand opening event, starting at 11 a.m. April 10.

Fate Mayor David Billings announced that among other area businesses, work continues on the interior of Minced Meal Prep, while the design of the Salt and Vine restaurant is being finalized with an expected late 2021 opening. Billings said Pablo’s had not yet released a confirmed grand opening date, but he was hopeful it would be soon.

Among anticipated nearby businesses, Billings reported the Specs liquor store in Fate has been stocked and is expected to open this Friday, with the Fresh by Brookshire’s on track for a late 2021 opening, along with the Fate Village Shops.

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