Hutto’s mixed-use Co-Op District will be anchored by a Flix Brewhouse LLC movie theater after city officials inked an incentive agreement Thursday night.
Officials said the addition to the Co-Op District, a 35-acre project under development by MA Partners on U.S. Route 79 that could essentially create an urban downtown, would help the suburb provide more amenities to keep its residents from taking their dollars to Hutto’s larger neighbors in Williamson County.
“We’ve been working for a long time to kick the Co-Op off,” City Manager Odis Jones said. “An important part of that is finding an anchor tenant.”
“[And] we’ve talked for a while about wanting to have a movie theater here in town,” he added. “Today we will have one.”
Barbecue eatery Southside Market was announced as the Co-Op District’s first tenant earlier this month.
The city will reimburse Round Rock-based Flix Brewhouse 75 percent of city sales tax for 10 years, according to city documents, up to $1.28 million.
Hutto Economic Development Corp. Chairman Bill Gravell called the addition of the 39,000-square-foot theater “the most important economic development opportunity that this community has seen in many, many years.”
“[Flix Brewhouse] is a Williamson County-based company that’s gone across the nation, but yet they have come back here to plant one of their flagship opportunities,” Gravell said.
Flix Brewhouse, which combines movies with beer it brews on site, has five locations nationwide with more on the way; It recently raised $13 million for those expansion efforts…