More and more businesses are choosing Abilene to set up shop.

A new shopping center is near completion on the Southside of town.

City council discussed a zoning change on the southside for a new grocery store.

An economist says many are building near the mall because it saves on advertising costs.

It makes shopping a one stop shop in what's been a steady economy in the big country.

John Hill says, "You can stop at an Old Navy, buy a pair of khakis and go around the corner to Academy get a sweatshirt. It's all right there, so you know where the retail experience is here in Abilene."

Hill says businesses recognize the success others have in this particular area of Abilene.