Deli dish: More than five years after Hurricane Ike slammed the island, a convenience store and deli are again operating at 8027 Harborside Drive. Mike’s Little Supermarket and Deli has opened at the site of the former Luke’s Supermarket & Deli, reported general manager Scott Postell. Look for the food selection to go far beyond the standard convenience store fare, Postell said. Mike’s Little Supermarket and Deli will serve hamburgers, chicken wings and an extensive menu of Italian cuisine, including Shrimp Diablo and 30-inch pizzas. Nic Notarnicola, who has worked as a chef at notable area eateries, including the island’s Mario’s Ristorante, 2202 61st St., is the deli’s chef.
Breakfast, served at 5 a.m., will include Gyro Supreme Burritos with grilled onions, bell peppers and cheese or French toast with an egg, bacon and cheese sandwich, among other morning meals. There are eight inside tables and eight patio tables. Crews already are working to extend the seating area, Postell said. The establishment has the permits to serve alcohol on the premises. The supermarket carries typical convenience items, including toilet paper, toothpaste, trash bags, dog food, softdrinks, tobacco and more
For decades, islanders went to Luke’s Supermarket & Deli stores — on Harborside Drive and 8227 Stewart Road — to cash pay checks, buy barbecue and shoot the breeze over cold beers. But Hurricane Ike, which struck in September 2008, ended the long run. Owner A.R. Lucas, who had a harrowing Hurricane Ike experience, chose not to reopen the popular spots after the storm. Lucas, who lost part of a leg to a bacterial infection contracted in Ike’s floodwaters, rode out the storm in the Stewart Road store, which he sold a few years ago.
Silver market:The isle has more senior living options. Judy Johnson this month opened Concord on Broadway, a 14-bed assisted living facility, 1601 Broadway.
Assisted living facilities provide supervision or assistance to residents for daily living while helping coordinate their health care. Johnson acquired the building from HomeTown Bank. Island Realtor V.J. Tramonte of Joe Tramonte Realty represented the bank in the transaction. The building previously belonged to the island’s Holliday family, which operated two Concord Homes assisted living facilities on the island, the other at 1516 Harbor View Circle. Hurricane Ike and a long recession made it difficult for the Holliday family to continue operating such facilities. The Broadway facility marks Johnson’s second on the island. In 2012, Johnson, with business partner Marsha Juarez, acquired the Holliday family’s Harbor View Circle building and opened an assisted living facility. For information about Concord on Broadway, call 409-789-7611.
Star gazing: Did anyone notice all that activityat the old Galveston Independent School District warehouse, 1326 31st St.? Jody and Kim Stein bought the 27,000-square-foot building, renovated it and will lease it to StarFine Furniture & Sleep Center, 3727 Broadway, for a pickup and delivery warehouse. Renovations included the addition of two new loading docks and a makeover of the offices, along with a new roof. With all the construction work, the building meets strict windstorm codes. StarFine Furniture will begin using the new warehouse in late January, Ben Jay Stein, president of the 93-year-old island furniture store, said. StarFine Furniture had been using a downtown warehouse. Jody Stein is Ben Jay Stein’s son. Stay tuned.
Mailbag: A reader emailed: “Any news yet as to what the new owner plans to do with Agee’s Drug Store building on Sixth Street in Texas City?”
Answer: Details were scarce. But city officials said it’s their understanding the current owner bought the building, which is on the corner of Third Avenue N. and Sixth Street N., with no immediate plans for its development. The owner is gutting it with hopes of finding an interested party to occupy it, officials said. The new owner intends to lease the building, but may be willing to sell, officials said. The name of the owner wasn’t immediately available. Stay tuned.
Tool time: Discount retailer Harbor Freight Tools plans to open a 15,000-square-foot store at Point NASA Shopping Center, 1020 W. NASA Parkway in Webster. Harbor Freight Tools will share the shopping center with such retailers as Conn’s Home Plus, Guitar Center and Star Cinema Grill, to name a few. Calabasas, Calif.-based Harbor Freight Tools, founded in 1977, has more than 500 U.S. stores, each stocking more than 7,000 items in the categories including automotive, air and power tools, shop equipment and hand tools.