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Building suspense: Inquiring readers want to know about all that activity at the building previously occupied by grocer H-E-B, 918 21st St. in Texas City. People have been sighted in and around the building that was left empty in 2015 when H-E-B built a larger store at the corner of state Hi…

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Stork flies north: Doctors since 1952 have delivered thousands of babies at Mainland Medical Center in Texas City. But that tradition soon will end as the hospital consolidates and moves its obstetrics program and infant deliveries to its main campus at Clear Lake Regional Medical Center. Th…

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Business and gravy: Santa Fe residents are buzzing about a new eatery with a very Texas feel. Co-owners Joyce Fenter and Pamela Chenoweth have opened Red Dirt & Blue Jeans, 13021 state Highway 6. They call it a down-home Texas tea room.

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From the rooftops: A development firm is reporting brisk sales in Lago Mar, where crews have completed the first model house in a Texas City community expected to eventually be home to more than 4,000 families.

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Cuisine scene: Cue the mariachi music. Lubbock-based Abuelo’s Mexican Restaurants plans to serve up an eatery at Pinnacle Park, a 100-acre mixed-use town center at Interstate 45 and Big League Dreams Parkway in League City.

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Toy story: Galveston’s famous downtown street, The Strand, on Friday will welcome a toy store and arcade. That’s when Play on The Strand, 2029 Strand in the historic Jockusch Building, opens to the public. Bill and Tammie Taylor and Seth and Lorena Grimes are the owners of the shop, which wi…

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Preheating: Residents of Clear Lake Shores never have to sail far for fine dining. If all goes as planned, Opus Ocean Grille will open at 1510 Marina Bay Drive in the Watergate Yachting Center in about three weeks.

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Planting seeds: Will a long-vacant Broadway building in Galveston soon be home to a garden? If Mayor Jim Yarbrough and city officials have their way, it will. City officials are considering buying the building formerly occupied by Simp’s Kitchen and years ago by a Dairy Queen, 2528 Broadway.…

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It’s happening: Bulldozers and a construction trailer are on site. And a general contractor has been hired. So, if the weather cooperates, crews any day will begin building the long-awaited theme park Adventure Pointe on 25 acres fronting Interstate 45, south of Tanger Outlets in Texas City.

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Hooter holler: Ever since Hurricane Ike eight years ago destroyed Hooters, 2227 Seawall Blvd., rumors of its island return have persisted.

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Grocer gossip: Some readers are shopping around interesting rumors that a grocer plans to move into the space formerly occupied by Kroger in League City Plaza, on the southeast corner of Interstate 45 and FM 518.

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Penney lane: Texas City commissioners last week cleared the way for Friendswood attorney and developer Jerome Karam and business partner Robin Parsley to transform the vacant J.C. Penney building in Texas City into an indoor self-storage facility and a business center offering such services …

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Raise your steins: Texas City-based Del Papa Distributing was established on the island in 1910 and is widely known for distributing national brands, particularly Anheuser-Busch products. In 2014, Mark Dell’Osso established Galveston Island Brewing, a burgeoning company working to introduce …

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From the rooftops: It’s been at least 10 years in the making, is expected to pull Texas City’s mass across the Interstate 45 and is one of the largest mixed-use projects ever to be planned in the county — with its developer projecting 1 million square feet of houses, restaurants, hotels and …

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Pecking in: North county fans of boneless chicken breast sandwiches and those Waffle Potato Fries have something to cluck about. League City officials confirm Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A plans an eatery next to supermarket H-E-B at the intersection of South Shore Boulevard and state Highway 96…

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Supermarket speculation: Inquiring readers want to know about all that activity at the vacant Baywood Foods grocery store, 6721 Main St. in Hitchcock. The store closed in September 2014, leaving Hitchcock residents without a supermarket of their own.

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Does Beaumont-based Jason’s Deli intend to bite into the market? Rumor has it that the purveyor of sandwiches, soups and salads is planning a League City eatery.

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Another bit of island business history has slipped away. Joe Aguirre Tile, 1228 Harborside Drive, had a quiet closing and sale of the building late last month, said owner Anthony Rios, the founder’s grandson.