McKinney City Council and Community Development Corp. increase their investments in the Tupps brewery project


This rendering shows the plan for the new location and expansion of the Tupps Brewery to 42,000 square feet. (Rendered courtesy of Conduit Architecture & Design)

A multi-million dollar project to revive the revitalization east of SH 5 in McKinney is gaining momentum.

In 2020, Tupps Brewery entered into a partnership with the Town of McKinney and McKinney Community Development Corp. to renovate the city’s historic grain site and allow Tupps to expand its brewing business as well as add more entertainment options.

As part of the original deal, MCDC said it would provide Tupps $ 11.3 million for the project. Tupps Brewery would then enter into a long-term lease for the space, with the option of owning it. The deal also includes a 2% revenue share with the city.

However, plans for the brewery’s new location on the historic McKinney grain site at the corner of Greenville Road and Dungan Street have grown, Tupps chairman Keith Lewis said in a Dec. 7 meeting with the board. McKinney Municipal and McKinney Community Development Corp. Concept plan presented in March 2020 included 35,000 square feet of space. That increased to 42,000 square feet of space in November of this year, Lewis said. The project consists of open lawn spaces, patios with fireplaces, shade structures in the beer garden, a game lawn, a children’s play area, a stage near the event lawn and the new brewery, according to meeting documents.

The project could have been bigger, Lewis said. To cut costs, he removed 6,000 square feet from the brewery’s site plan, including the removal of the commercial kitchen. However, some space on the east side of the project allows for flexibility to add this commercial kitchen to the plan, if it becomes necessary, he said. Tupps will however have a smaller kitchen to prepare food on site, Lewis said.

“We believe that even with the cuts we’ve made, integrity and the customer experience haven’t changed dramatically,” Lewis said at the meeting.

As the project grew, City Council and MCDC decided to modify the lease agreement between MCDC and Tupps Brewery to increase the funding provided by MCDC to $ 13.33 million and to include additional rental provisions for cover the costs of the project.

Council members Rainey Rogers and Lewis stressed that the city and the MCDC do not “give” any money to the Tupps project.

“We subscribe to the debt,” Lewis said.

Mayor George Fuller said he has supported this project from the start and is more supportive now. Even though Tupps’ demand on the project has increased, the scope of the project is broader, which increases the value of the project. The costs of projects around the world are also increasing, he said. He also pointed out that Tupps would draw people to the east side of SH 5.

“None of this even begins to discuss the catalytic nature of what this project is going to be hugely influential on the east side,” Fuller said.

MCDC members also spoke in favor of the project. MCDC President Angela Richardson-Woods said Tupps had options to explore when looking to expand, and she was grateful that Tupps chose to stay at McKinney.

“It’s a win-win for everyone,” Lewis said.


Norma P. Rex