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Building buy: A Houston businessman known for redeveloping historic buildings has acquired the James Fadden Building, 2410 Strand, in the island’s downtown, with plans to open a bar.

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Palace intrigue: Inquiring readers want to know what happened to Bubba’s Shrimp Palace, which has closed its original 113 Sixth St. restaurant in San Leon and its more recent one in the former Sudie’s Seafood House, 325 Interstate 45 N. A sign on the door at the League City site, which opene…

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Another chance: After much negotiation, Legend Communities late Friday was able to ward off a foreclosure sale of many parcels and properties in Harborwalk, a luxury waterfront development on West Galveston Bay. The foreclosure sale had been scheduled for Tuesday.

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Collateral damage: If there’s a theme to this week’s column, it’s that bankers are taking legal measures to recover loans made on developments and ventures that were once big Buzz items.

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ZIPped lips: On paper, it’s the kind of high-tech industry League City officials have dreamed about and one they would certainly want to trumpet loudly. But on June 30, when California-based software company AccuZIP announced it would move its corporate headquarters to League City, creating …

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Whether it was by flooding, displaced employees, power, fuel and supply disruptions or curfews, Hurricane Harvey affected businesses across the county — some obviously more than others. In the middle of their own storm recovery efforts — personal and professional — many business owners were …

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What’s that? Inquiring readers are wondering about that building rising on stilts along FM 2004, not far from Gulf Greyhound Park in La Marque. The building is for a clubhouse at what will be Big Spot RV Resort, 4313 FM 2004, said Colleen Merritt, a spokeswoman for La Marque Economic Develop…

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Plot thickens: An unconfirmed but credible rumor is circulating that one of the nation’s oldest and most prolific development firms has acquired an 11.39-acre island parcel from Lowe’s Home Improvement and is making offers for surrounding tracts. Sources report that Dallas-based Trammell Cro…

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Steak out: Texas City readers hungry for Golden Corral to open in the building formerly occupied by Ryan’s might have to curb their appetites. A manager answering the phones at the island Golden Corral on Thursday said the Searcy family, which owns Golden Corral restaurants in Galveston and …

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Building buy: A long vacant building on a highly visible parcel in Galveston has a new owner and soon will have new tenants and a fresh look. Members of the island’s Sullivan family have acquired the 73,801-square-foot Del Papa Distributing Co. complex, 6702 Broadway, with plans to consolida…

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More than 212,000 adults and half a million children were accidentally poisoned by prescription and over-the-counter medication during 2015. Having a medicine cabinet packed with unsecured pills on every shelf is a big risk: It makes it too easy for you to grab the wrong meds or for anyone i…

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Tyrannosaurus snub? It’s a rare day when island-born billionaire Tilman Fertitta doesn’t get his way in business. So, it’s not surprising that business reporters last week were abuzz about Ignite Restaurant Group‘s rejection of a $55 million bid by Landry’s Inc., of which Fertitta is preside…

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Retail rising: Inquiring readers want to know about that retail center rising across the street from the University of Texas Medical Branch, 427 Market St., on the island. As previously buzzed, J.T. Bolger, the developer, is constructing two buildings, each 6,500 square feet. Bolger is build…

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Tilted tattle: Astute readers — mostly male mind you — have faithfully been reporting sightings of young women in tiny tartan uniforms around League City. It’s a good guess that these women are training for Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery, which plans a June 19 grand opening at Pinnacle Park, a…

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American dream: June is a major milestone month for John White. This month, White marks the 10-year anniversary of his business, John’s Shutters and Repair and the completion of a new, 4,800-square-foot office and manufacturing plant at 10511 state Highway 6 in Hitchcock. Meanwhile, White re…

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Jaw-dropper: Notice that green fence around the building formerly occupied by Domino’s Pizza, 2424 Seawall Blvd., next to Chick-fil-A on the island? Crews will soon demolish the building to make way for a Landry’s Inc. amusement attraction called Shark Attack The Mysterious Underworld 5D. Th…

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Home to roost? Fast-casual restaurant chain Chick-fil-A is hatching plans for a Friendswood eatery. But a zoning change request for a parcel on which the chicken sandwich purveyor might roost has ruffled some feathers and has even become election fodder for the city council race.

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Buzz buzz: First things first. Those rumors about Biz Buzz moving to Sundays are true. Beginning Sunday, readers will find a much-expanded Biz Buzz column and a business section filled with relevant local news, along with state and national news of interest. It’s a return to tradition. Biz B…

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True or false? Did a local credit union and a school district this week engage in a bidding war over a highly coveted building in Webster? It’s true. While “war” might be a strong word, the Clear Creek Independent School District prevailed in a competitive bid Tuesday against AMOCO Federal C…

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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.