Supply side: When it comes to economic development initiatives, Santa Fe is reaping what it sowed.
Brentwood, Tenn.-based Tractor Supply Co. this weekend carried out a soft opening of its 21,700-square-foot store that has for months been under construction in Santa Fe.
Tractor Supply, 13404 FM 1764, caters to pet and livestock owners, ranchers, part-time and hobby farmers, gardeners, homeowners, tradesmen and more.
Tractor Supply is a coup for Santa Fe. Last year, the city council authorized the Santa Fe Economic Development Corp. to reimburse a contractor in an amount not to exceed $34,500 for construction and other costs of installing a sewer line extension to serve a proposed Tractor Supply Co. The incentive played a crucial role in Santa Fe luring the world’s largest operator of rural lifestyle retail stores, which had been looking in Texas City and other mainland cities.
Tractor Supply, which began in 1938 as a mail-order catalog business, operates more than 1,276 retail stores in 48 states.
The Santa Fe store plans a May 18-21 grand opening with discounts and giveaways. Stay tuned.
Strip tease: Meanwhile, inquiring readers want to know what will occupy that building underway at 13120 state Highway 6, just east of Santa Fe Fire & Rescue. That’s where Sugar Land-based SAAR Ventures is developing a 9,300-square-foot strip center. The first tenant that plans to move in is pizza purveyor Little Caesars, which will feature a drive-thru. No word on other tenants. Stay tuned.
Landlines: People are buzzing about Texas City’s acquisition of 23 acres on the corner of Bay Street and Dike Road. Some of that land has long been home to food stand Coach’s Corner.
The city acquired the land from the Port of Texas City/Texas City Terminal Railway Co.
Exact terms of the transaction weren’t immediately available, but it was essentially a land trade, said Nick Finan, executive director of Management Services for the city.
Texas City officials have sent out noncommittal requests for proposals to gauge what developers might do at the site. An RV commercial center is a possibility. Or it could be a continuation of Bay Street Park, which city officials are working to improve with new amenities, such as splash pads and fitness stations, among other things.
By acquiring the parcel, the city can control the appearance of the Texas City Dike’s entrance, which is part of a larger vision Mayor Matt Doyle and other city officials have, Finan said. City officials want the entrance to the popular spot to be attractive and suitable, Finan said.
Coach’s Corner had a year-to-year lease with Texas City Terminal Railway. Texas City officials plan to give Coach’s Corner six months’ notice if the city develops the property, Finan said. The city also would work with Coach’s Corner to find a new location within a reasonable distance of its current site, Finan said.
Meanwhile, details were scarce, but word has it that Boyd’s Onestop, a seafood market and bait shop, 227 Dike Road, also acquired some Texas City Terminal Railway land. Stay tuned.
Truck stops here: A lot of people are still wondering about that construction work at FM 519 and state Highway 146 in Texas City. As previously buzzed, truck stop and convenience store Oasis is underway. The establishment offers fuel for truckers, but it also will accommodate automobiles, Texas City officials say. But those officials weren’t able to confirm whether a restaurant will be part of the development. Stay tuned.
Music to your ears? More details to come, but Red Cat Jazz Café, which for years ran a Houston establishment, has plans at Mall of the Mainland, 10000 Emmett F. Lowry Expressway, in Texas City, reports Friendswood developer and attorney Jerome Karam.
Red Cat Jazz Café is credited with putting Houston’s jazz scene on the map. The Houston cafe, which closed in 2015 after its downtown building flooded, also was known for serving Southern comfort food. Not so long ago, the establishment was rumored to be searching for sites in Nassau Bay.
Dollar holler: Tongues are wagging on the island’s West End, as a Dollar General rises at 14323 FM 3005. The dollar store concept seems an odd fit in an area known for high-dollar homes. But in February, city officials issued a permit for the retailer to commence building. Dollar General, a bargain retail chain selling household goods, groceries, beauty products and more, already has an island site at 2415 69th St., competing with other such concepts in the city. No word on an opening date. Stay tuned.
Building buy: The 74,604-square-foot island shopping center anchored by Big Lots and Family Dollar, among others, has a new owner.
Holliday Fenoglio Fowler, better known as HFF, announced Thursday it had closed the sale of Broadway Shopping Center, 5908 Broadway. The firm said it had marketed the asset on behalf of seller Weingarten Realty Investors.
A private investor purchased the property free and clear of existing debt, the firm said. HFF did not divulge the sales price.
Broadway Shopping Center is fully leased to a variety of tenants, including Big Lots, Family Dollar, Da Vita Island Dialysis, Anytime Fitness, West Marine and Subway. Senior Managing Director Ryan West led the HFF investment sales team representing Weingarten Realty Investors.
Working on it: Biz Buzz is still chasing details about: What Landry’s has in store for the building formerly occupied by Domino’s Pizza just east of the Chick-fil-A, 2428 Seawall Blvd.; the status of the residential development on 58 acres along FM 517 that previously was home to Dickinson Country Club; and whether Golden Corral is still planning a Texas City site.