Checkout-lane: League City residents soon will have more supermarket options. H-E-B has filed preliminary paperwork with the city to build a 98,000-square-foot store on the southeast corner of League City Parkway and South Shore Boulevard, reports Owen Rock, the city’s economic development manager. Can we expect some store wars? The proposed H-E-B would be directly across from Kroger, which is on the intersection’s northeast corner. The new grocery store would give residents in that part of town more grocery options, Rock said. The proposed H-E-B also would include a gas station, Rock said. H-E-B already operates a Bay Colony store at 2955 Interstate 45.

H-E-B is the latest to show interest in the area. Retail/restaurant activity at the intersection of League City Parkway and South Shore Boulevard is heating up in a big way. As previously buzzed, fast-food purveyor McDonald’s and coffee seller Starbucks are planning stores in a strip center underway on the northwest corner of the intersection. No word on when H-E-B might begin construction. Stay tuned.

Building suspense: Contrary to rumors, the vacant Sam’s Club building, 9300 Emmett F. Lowry Expressway, doesn’t have a new owner. But it is under contract. Tom Farmer, a principal of island-based Four Winds Investments Inc., last week confirmed the holding company has an earnest money contract on the building, which became vacant earlier this year when Sam’s Club opened a 136,000-square-foot store at the intersection of Interstate 45 and FM 1765 in La Marque, next to the Walmart Supercenter. Four Winds Investment Inc. is a holding company, which, through its subsidiaries, offers servicing and wholesale distribution of metals. Subsidiaries include Farmer’s Copper and also Farmer’s Alloy Fabricating, among other companies operated by the Farmer family on the island, mainland and around Texas. Four Winds Investments Inc. first must conduct due diligence and determine the feasibility of converting a retail building into a facility to handle metal fabrication before the Texas City transaction is complete. Stay tuned.

Taco triumph: It’s hard to imagine any city in Texas without a taqueria. But until this month, Kemah apparently didn’t have one. That’s when Alicia and Oswaldo Hilario opened Teresa’s Taqueria & Grill, 1415 state Highway 146, just south of city hall. The Hilarios say the eatery is the first taqueria in Kemah, although Biz Buzz had no way of immediately confirming the claim.

The menu reflects the Hilarios’ heritage from the states of San Luis Potosi and Toluca in Mexico. The most popular dishes include the various enchiladas. On Saturdays, the restaurant will serve traditional Mexican menudo (a tripe soup).

Teresa’s Taqueria, which also serves breakfast tacos — you can eat them there or get them to go — is open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Hours are from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. It’s closed Sundays. Margaritas, Mexican beers and specialty drinks complete the bar menu. Sergio Loredo is the manager. For information, call 281-532-6986. 

Roadblocks: Meanwhile, solid information about the future of former watering hole 146 Roadhouse is hard to find. Word has it that the building, 3435 state Highway 146 in Bacliff, might soon house a crawfish place. Stay tuned. 

Buon compleanno! Island eatery Sapori Ristorante, 7611 Stewart Road on Oct. 1 marked its first birthday. And what a year it was. Not long after the eatery opened, crews began major road work in front of the restaurant. But loyal patrons helped keep the eatery going, said Silvia Nunzio, who, with family members, owns Sapori. The eatery is popular for serving up authentic Italian and European cuisine, pastries and more.

On the market: For those who missed last week’s Buzz Blog, there’s fresh news on the fate of Flamingo Bar and Grill, 6028 Heards Lane on the island.

The establishment still is open, but is no longer serving food and is a bar venue only. Hours are from 4 p.m. to closing Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Although it’s still open, it’s on the market. Owner Bob Greig hopes to either sell or lease the property to a restaurant operator.

Less than a year ago, Greig opened Flamingo Steak and Seafood with great success.

But a few months ago, he surprised loyal patrons by closing that concept to open the more casual Flamingo Bar and Grill, which was billed as a sports and entertainment venue. Patrons, however, preferred the original concept and the new establishment didn’t have a strong following.

So why did Greig close the popular steak and seafood concept?

Greig said he wanted to pursue other interests. Owning a full-service restaurant the magnitude of Flamingo Steak and Seafood was a full-time job and not one that he wanted to do, he said.

He hopes a restaurant operator will bring such a concept back to the 10,000-square-foot building, which has been home to a long line of eateries, including China Border, China Island Buffet and Saka Sushi & Hibachi. Stay tuned.

Laura Elder is a reporter for The Daily News. Biz Buzz appears Tuesdays and Thursdays. Email your tips and suggestions to laura.elder@galvnews.com.

(10) comments

kevjlang
Kevin Lang

I'll be waiting with bated breath for the HEB.

sverige1
Lars Faltskog

Well, HEB doesn't like the island. Are we not high-brow enough for them anymore?

Michael Sabanovich

It looks that way. I've always liked HEB and their Texas based private label products. I drive past the I-45/646 League City store every day going to and from work. For several years I would do all of my grocery shopping there on my way home to the Island.
One day it hit me that I was supporting a retailer that does absolutely nothing for Galveston. It even angered me in their smugness about not locating here.
At that moment I vowed to never shop there again and to support Galveston Island Kroger, Randall's, and even Arlan's rather than give my money to HEB. The Island stores at least contribute to the community.
I know that it means nothing to HEB but my personal boycott sure makes me feel better.

sverige1
Lars Faltskog

Response to mikeS posted at 3:00 pm on Tue, Oct 29, 2013:

That's good to hear, Mike. I do the same as far as personal "boycotting". When I make my way to Houston, I pass by them even though at times it looks tempting. In reality, HEB has done the same to Houston. They're only located in the more upwardly mobile areas, in general. EXAMPLE: Along Dunlavy and Alabama...ritzy west side. But, not one on the east side....unless one counts Scott Street and OST. Like I say, few and far between.

Many neighborhoods up there are "food islands", where good supermarkets are sparse. Where there ARE supermarkets in the "less affluent" areas, HEB is nowhere to be found.

Bottom line: HEB is no friend to the island.

Andy Aycoth

Want an HEB? Move to League City, they will soon have two .

sverige1
Lars Faltskog

Response to Alvinbr62 posted at 4:42 am on Fri, Nov 1, 2013:

There's no way on god's green earth for anyone to desire to move to League City. It's the epitome of a suburgatory - sprawling, no character, johnny-come-lately of the county, with apparently a municipal council group that likes to make headlines regarding ridiculous "carrying gun rights". A grocery store isn't worth its citizenship.

kevjlang
Kevin Lang

sverige1, those are fighting words! Yes, we have our share of people who's heads are too big for their Stetsons, but overall, we're a nice community with significant growing pains. There's plenty of character in our town. We just have a hard time electing leaders with character.

George Croix

Puhleeeese at least consider abandoning the aisle arrangement that the current store has, seemingly layed out after watching an old rerun of the Laurel and Hardy movie where they are lost in a maze at Oxford, or perhaps in the midst of a drunken epileptic seizure. Put in nice straight rows where a shopper can go back and forth easily and in an orderly manner while looking for the items that stores INSIST on moving around all the time, either as a marketing ploy, or out of a sadistic hatred of order and predictability, whichever the case may be...
[wink]

kevjlang
Kevin Lang

I think it's intentional. They want you to have a difficult time finding what you came for so that you'll see a bunch of stuff they want you to buy. Then, after you've wandered through the store and filled your cart (with everything EXCEPT what you came for :-) ), you check out, get home, and then you have to go back AGAIN to get what you went for the first time.

George Croix

Not me.
I just get P'd and don't buy anything at all that I can find anywhere else in reasonable driving distance.
The price for them assuming I'm easily manipulated is 2.95 for ONE container of butter substitute nobody else carries, versus the 250 buck grocery bill at Kroger.
But, that's just me.
Not to be discriminatory, though, I give the same 'only if nowhere else' business patronization approach to places with a 30.06 posted by the door.
They don't trust me, then I don't trust them...[beam][beam][beam][beam]

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