City Leaders Discuss Final Food Truck Proposal

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FORT SMITH (KFSM) – Food trucks could soon open for business in downtown Fort Smith as city leaders consider allowing the mobile operations to dish up dinner. The planning commission held their third and final meeting Monday (Apr.27), approving the ordinance which now goes to the board of directors.

For the past several months, city leaders have talked about the future of food trucks in downtown. In those discussions, they’ve looked at all sorts of factors, including the success of the industry in the past year across Northwest Arkansas.

Fort Smith city leaders said many in town agree there is a lot of interest in the economic development behind the mobile operations. If approved, they could be a big success during the summer months.

5NEWS talked with City Administrator Wally Bailey who said the food trucks seem to be a popular idea in the community. “There are some of those that are still concerned on how the impact on their proximity of these trailers and food trucks might affect their business,” said Bailey.

The Fort Smith Board of Directors is expected to vote on the measure on May 19.