Lubbock area business news includes hydroponics, Joyland, job market

Hello AJ readers!

This week, photo editor Annie Rice and I visited Ogallala Greens, a hydroponic farm in Slaton. The business, which launched its sales operations a few months ago, offers locally grown vegetables and subscription boxes full of vegetables. We caught up with Cory Roof and his dog, Robot, to learn more about the business and its plans to expand into other West Texas markets.

“It’s the perfect conditions for these plants, and they are happy, and a happy plant is a tasty plant,” Roof said. “We really believe we can have an impact on future growth in this region.”

Texas Tech opened the Charles Schwab Foundation Personal Financial Planning Clinic at Texas Tech Plaza, 1901 University Ave., Suite 305, on Friday. This will allow personal financial planning students to help the community with individual guidance on financial goal setting, budgeting, and credit improvement.

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Also Friday, Lubbock’s Joyland amusement park announced it has new owners in two established local business owners: Jim and Kai Evans and Darryl and Stephanie Holland. That comes after we reported last month that Joyland’s former owners intended to sell the park and planned to put it up for auction in October unless a buyer emerged.

Full details are still being finalized, but Joyland is expected to begin its 51st season in early March 2023, according to a press release from Joyland.

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Another story this week was that Express Employment Professionals provided insights into trends for Lubbock employers and employees. They noted that there has been an increase in demand for better wages and benefits, leaving smaller companies to compete with the chains. The team discussed how employers could compete without even matching $18 an hour, along with tips for job seekers looking for their next career.

“You have to have a good workplace and you can’t have a toxic environment,” said Gary Ball, owner of the Lubbock location. “You can’t have the old school ‘time is money’ work environment, where people don’t really get involved in the workforce. You have to have commitment, an internal culture.”

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Moving on to next week, I hope to learn more about some newly opened businesses and track down some leads. An article, due out later next week, will take a look at the luxury real estate market and show the 10 most expensive homes for sale.

Please feel free to send me ideas if you know of an upcoming business or one that is celebrating an anniversary.

As always, thanks for reading and supporting AJ.

Alana Edgen is a journalist covering Business News in and around Lubbock. Send a news tip to [email protected]


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