South San Antonio sees unprecedented growth thanks to Eagle Ford shale

Businesses popping up overnight in Brooks City Base area

Author: Justin Horne, Meteorologist/Reporter, jhorne@ksat.com
Published On: Jun 01 2012 04:30:54 PM CDT   Updated On: Jun 01 2012 02:48:53 PM CDT
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SAN ANTONIO -

While the north and west sides of San Antonio are booming, some might argue it is the south side that has seen the most explosive growth.

Business that began with the Toyota plant was followed by a hospital and Brooks City Base.

To top it all off, the Eagle Ford Shale has brought unprecedented economic impacts to the area.

Businesses like Peachwave Frozen Yogurt now call the Brooks City Base area home, and so far business has been good.

"It gets packed. The line goes all the way around,” said Marlina Rivas, an employee.

The yogurt shop is riding a wave of south side popularity.

"Especially on the weekdays,” said Rivas. “With people coming in after work with their kids, it's just been great."

In this case, location is everything. Sitting across from Brooks City Base, Peachwave is not the only business thriving. Next door at Rios Golden Gut, the haircut business has been steady. At City Base Diner, home-cooked meals are being doled out en masse. Farther down the shopping center, the City Base Theater is seeing large crowds. Additional businesses are seemingly opening overnight.

"Rarely does a week go by that the Southside Chamber is not involved in a ribbon cutting,” said Tom Shaw, president of the Southside San Antonio Chamber of Commerce.

New apartments have also been constructed to account for a growing population.

"It’s just like popcorn starting to hit in the microwave,” said Shaw. “Pop, pop, pop; it’s hitting all over the place."

Shaw suspected that growth would continue for decades in the area.

While growth is not a new concept on the south side, it is the explosiveness at which it is happening that is catching many by surprise. It continues to be driven by economic factors like the Eagle Ford Shale.

For those who call the south side of San Antonio home, it is a welcome sight.

"I’m glad that there are people that want to move over here to the south side and want to do business on the south side," said resident Christine Garza.