Residents say before the Spare Time Fun Center opened earlier this year, there wasn't much of a choice for fun in Temple.
The new center brought with it bowling, video games and a bar.
“I moved to Temple as we were building Spare Time and I couldn’t find anything to do,” Spare Time’s general manager Daniel Mueller said. “Temple really needed something like this."
When the new entertainment center opened, residents quickly took notice.
"It's about time. It's good because it's convenient. Every week I used to drive down to Fort Hood and bowl down there at Fort Hood," James Cyrus said.
Just down Interstate 35, another movie theater and a Gold's Gym Express will open soon. City officials say businesses like this help not just with jobs, but with the city's quality of life.
"People very often think that economic development is about companies. It's really not. It's about people,” Lee Peterson with the Temple Economic Development Center said. “And it's about being able to serve people more in the community because you have more money to do that with."
Officials say Temple's location. central to major Texas cities like Austin, Houston and Dallas, attracts these new developments.
"We are becoming more of a regional retail center than we've been in the past. Being on I-35 with a 100,000 people driving up and down the road every day,” Peterson said. “There's a huge opportunity for people to capture customers."
Temple's population has jumped 22 percent in the last 10 years to 108,000.
Many Temple residents are excited about the growth.
"For sure I can't wait to see what that new theater is going to look like," Cyrus said.
In terms of jobs, general medical and surgical hospitals have seen the most growth in the Temple-Belton area, but there has also been a jump in education and government positions.