Country superstar Miranda Lambert surprise guest at ETX store's grand opening
LINDALE, TX (KLTV) -
Country superstar Miranda Lambert was back in East Texas today for the opening of her family’s new store.
Lambert was a special surprise guest for the ribbon cutting ceremony of The Pink Pistol Texas in downtown Lindale.
Hundreds of people lined up for hours for a chance to snap photos and catch a glimpse of the hometown hero.
“We're excited to see her,” said Lindale resident Martha Holbrook. “We're very proud of her.”
“We made a girls trip out of it,” said Anita Tlakey, who drove with two other friends from Houston for the grand opening.
“We were at the Texas-OU game and the Sooners lost,” said Oklahoma resident Marcia Henry. “So I made my husband drive me here.”
For four year old fan Allie Gwyn, it’s an early Christmas present.
Allie’s mother posted a Youtube video of her daughter’s Christmas wish last week.
“Dear Santa, I really need Miranda Lambert tickets,” Allie said in the video. “I like Blake Shelton, she likes Blake Shelton. She likes puppies, I like puppies. She's my favorite singer and I'm her number one fan.”
“We didn't see any [tickets] so we came to Lindale to hopefully catch a glimpse of Miranda,” said Allie’s mom Lindsay Wright of Lufkin.
Lambert’s mother said the response since Saturday’s opening has been overwhelming.
“I'm freaking out,” Beverly Lambert said. “I don't know if Lindale has seen this kind of traffic ever. We had lines for two, two and a half hours waiting to get in.”
The store is the second Pink Pistol store. The first opened near Lambert’s current home in Oklahoma. The family said they are hoping this location does what the Oklahoma one did for its community, bring more tourism and business to downtown Lindale.
“The great thing about it is everything downtown is prospering because people are coming here that have never been to Lindale,” Lambert said.
“You go out today, you see license plates from all over the country,” said Lindale Chamber and Tourism Director Shelbie Glover. They're staying in our hotels all weekend. They're also eating at our restaurants and they're shopping at our other stores.”
“Tishomingo is her hometown now, but this is where she grew up and she wanted to let them know that she still cared about them too,” said Oklahoma store manager Brittany Walker.
Glover said since the store announced its plans to open, the city has already seen a couple of new stores open up show downtown. It’s something they hope is just the beginning for revitalizing the area.
Saturday, July 26 2014 2:09 PM EDT2014-07-26 18:09:07 GMT
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