Mustang, Oklahoma is definitely a city with a vision. The Planning Commission for over ten years has been busy with city improvement. This savvy Planning Commission understood specific things had to be accomplished in order for this city to draw key businesses for its greater good. Much had to be planned first before Mustang could grow advantageously.
According to a resident, who moved to Mustang in the 1960’s when it was mostly farms and dirt roads, this city at the beginning of the twenty-first century decided it was in Mustang’s best interest to figure out a way to prevent stagnation. The Planning Commission decided increasing business was the key for the desired superior economic base needed. At first, established businesses fought the new city vision. They did not want competition. To keep friction from the established at a minimum, it was decided to begin improvements by creating Wild Horse Park, plus building a new Community Center and town hall.
2005 – 2009 several banks were added in Mustang. This gifted the residents more banking choices. The population of Mustang noticeably increased. Another resident who arrived in 2005 admitted the thicker traffic at 5 PM through 6 PM as commuters returned to Mustang from their Oklahoma City occupations was an eye-opener; especially for those Mustang residents who did not think their city population had increased. It was visible confirmation of growth.
2010-2014 the City of Mustang continued to grow its economic base gifting several residents jobs closer to home, within its city limits. This gave residents greater consumer diversity which included an Applebee’s, Lowe’s and Wild Hero Coffee Company. There were some non-business related additions as well which made this city more appealing to multiple sized families; increased the schools’ population.
2015 has brought even more that enhanced Mustang’s attractiveness including Stages and a mattress store. International House of Pancakes (IHOP) opened the beginning of August 2015. For about five years, Boomerang was the only restaurant serving breakfast until this momentous IHOP grand opening. Fortunately Boomerang is on the west side of town while IHOP is on the east. The IHOP addition has gifted better breakfast choices plus a greater job base.
Even though Mustang continues growing the business sector, and On Cue will be finished being built soon, there still are the small businesses run by a family or a single business owner. Allowing the larger chains into the city has not disadvantaged the smaller business entities. They are thriving well. Multiple sizes of businesses are flourishing, maintaining a healthy economic base.
The newer residents hailing from Oklahoma City, shared they moved to Mustang, a smaller city, because it made them feel safer and the location in their opinion was excellent, close enough to commute. The planned economic growth has made Mustang attractive to the higher echelon. Having a strong business base has allowed many to occupationally transfer closer to their Mustang home. Today this city is different, but most residents are happier; the changes improved their lives. Enjoy the day!