Eager beavers: Construction is progressing nicely on the more than 60,000-square-foot Buc-ee’s in Texas City, inspiring inquiring readers to seek opening date details.

The Texas-based chain of mega-convenience stores hasn’t offered a specific date. But Buc-ee’s founder Arch “Beaver” Aplin III recently told The Daily New that the Texas City store likely would open in late April or early May. That’s a little earlier than the projected summer opening for the development at Interstate 45 and Holland Road.

Buc-ee’s, which has a cult following among road-trippers, is known for clever beaver billboards, clean, spacious bathrooms, plenty of fuel pumps and those famous Beaver Nuggets, of course.

Buc-ee’s typically stocks store merchandise based on the market. Look soon for details about inventory.

Check-in lane: Meanwhile, readers are shopping for opening-date news for the proposed H-E-B on the southeast corner of League City Parkway and South Shore Boulevard. It’s a little soon for a precise opening date — construction hasn’t begun — but officials have narrowed the time frame.

“As H-E-B is still in the development stages for the 95,000-square-foot League City location, we are moving forward with plans to open in the fall of 2014,” said Cyndy Garza-Roberts, director of public affairs, Houston.

The proposed H-E-B, which will include a gas station, marks a second League City grocery store by the San Antonio-based supermarket chain. H-E-B already operates a Bay Colony store at 2955 I-45.

New roost: Nearly nine months after closing his 19205 Interstate 45 Chick-fil-A restaurant to make way for freeway expansion, franchisee Charles Gibson this week will open a new one to serve the Clear Lake area.

Gibson is planning a Thursday opening of the eatery at 18323 I-45. And he plans to award a free, one-year supply of Chick-fil-A meals to each of the first 100 adults in line by 6 a.m. Thursday.

Those vying for the free food can line up no earlier than 24 hours before the 6 a.m. opening. Visit www.chick-fil-a.com/Locations/First-100 for more contest details.

Where are they now?: And as promised, there are more updates about the fate of other businesses bought out by the Texas Department of Transportation as part of the I-45 South expansion. Karen Coglianese, economic development specialist for the city of Webster, sent information about shops and businesses that have moved to her city:

• Bay Architects moved to Webster at Galaxy II, 455 Feathercraft Lane;

• Lingerie shop Cindie’s moved to Bayway Village II, 20801 I-45 Freeway, Suite 50;

• Israeli Self Defense also moved to Bayway Village II, Suite 55;

• T-Mobile just opened in Webster at 599-B West Bay Area Blvd. in The Boulevard Shopping Center;

• Jack’s Carpet will soon open at Bayway Plaza, 1181 W. NASA Parkway, southeast corner of NASA Parkway and I-45;

• Mattress Firm will soon open at Baybrook Square, 1331 W. Bay Area Blvd.

Look for more Webster news in Thursday’s Biz Buzz.

No smoking: Is this a chain in the making? Less than year after opening Island Vaporium, 2001 61st St. in Galveston, Cindy Milina and business partners have opened a second store, this time in Galveston’s downtown.

Like the first shop, the new shop, at 101 21st St. Ste. 1, offers smokeless, odorless, nicotine-delivering, cigarette-like products. Milina and Steve Salisbury opened their first island store in August with strong sales. E-cigarettes are popular where the traditional ones have been banned.

Island Vaporium specializes in electronic cigarettes and accessories and offers everything from starter kits for smokers trying to kick the habit to disposable units for those going clubbing or just wanting to try the modern smokes. Such products are gaining in popularity. Last year, e-cigarettes was reported to be a $1 billion industry, according to businessinsider.com.

Biz Buzz

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.

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Lars Faltskog

Anyone know? Are there any renewed talks of bringing back HEB to the island? I miss their products and the opportunity to patronize a real Texas store, but I won't stop somewhere in suburgatory mainland to buy from a company that feels they still don't need to have a location in one of Texas' oldest cities.

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