By Alison Morris
LUBBOCK, TX- Co-owners of the Reagor-Dykes Auto Group, Bart Reagor and Rick Dykes, purchased two old, vacant buildings downtown, the Myrick-Green building, and the Cobb building next door.
Rick Dykes, a member of the Lubbock Downtown Redevelopment Corp., hopes that this move will kick-start the revitalization of downtown Lubbock.
"I don't know if people remember but at one time, they were really the center of Lubbock," said Dykes- remembering a once thriving and bustling downtown.
Dykes and Reagor purchased the buildings not only out of necessity for their growing company, but also with the hope to set an example.
"We've got a lot more employees so we thought it would be a great place for our corporate offices," said Reagor.
It’s an example they hope that will inspire others.
"By taking the first step we hope other people will follow us,” said Dykes. “I know there's a lot of different projects going on downtown and we're really excited about the potential for downtown Lubbock."
Construction and renovations have already started on both buildings, and Reagor and Dykes are excited for the future.
"I think it's huge for Lubbock to get that downtown looking a little sharper," said Reagor, who added that he hopes it will benefit both Lubbock’s image, and Texas Tech University.
Dykes said, "I'm really excited about the potential down there and excited that we're going to be a part of the beginning of it."