On the burner: Restaurant row continues to grow at Mainland City Centre, formerly known as Mall of the Mainland.
Who is that masked man? Island-born billionaire Tilman Fertitta this week on CNBC's "Power Lunch" called on Americans to wear face coverings in public, saying it was necessary to keep the U.S. economy open during the coronavirus pandemic. Fertitta was wearing a mask at the beginning of the show.
In a time of heightened racial awareness when companies everywhere are retiring dated and stereotyped brands, one popular island restaurant is questioning its own name after someone argued it contains an ethnic slur.
Ground effect: Helicopter service companies Era Group and Bristow Group, which operate heliports at Scholes International Airport in Galveston, last week finalized a merger in an industry likely to see more consolidation as the oil and gas industry struggles against significant headwinds.
I knew things were tough for gyms, but it really hit home when I was searching for an incline bench at Academy this weekend. The pickings were slim to none — more like none — and the friendly employee couldn’t tell me when the island store would have a better selection.
Back on track? Dr. Harvey Slusky isn’t easily derailed from his self-financed development of a train-themed attraction in Texas City. After what appeared to be a long lull in construction and some litigation, readers lately are encouraged by signs of life at Slusky’s Adventure Pointe project.
Long before coronavirus, movie theaters were working hard to recapture audiences and now face an even even less certain future.
The dirt: Many readers are wondering about all that dirt work at 6615 Stewart Road in the former site of Village Hardware, where crews for months have been busy with elevation and foundation work.
Going vertical: A lot of readers are wondering about all that dirt work at 6615 Stewart Road in the former site of Village Hardware, where crews have been busy with elevation and foundation work.
Buzz Blog is back with plans to break local business news all week digitally to complement the weekend’s print edition of Biz Buzz. Here’s a sneak peek of what you’ll find online.
Penney lane: News earlier this week that department store chain J.C. Penney had filed for Chapter 11 restructuring and would permanently close 242 of its 846 stores naturally raised questions about the fate of the retailer’s League City location.
Laura Elder dishes on business doings, comings and goings and question marks.
Meanwhile, movie theaters prepare to reopen in a different world.
Resort report: A long-planned luxury residential and marina development advanced this week with the acquisition of the last remaining piece of waterfront real estate property in Tiki Island.
Deal of the day: As his father was temporarily closing a bicycle rental shop in Galveston to comply with social distancing orders, Cole Wallace, 17, was thinking of ways to generate income and open a business of his own.
Catch of the day: In a move that will add island jobs, Galveston Shrimp Company by year’s end will commence a 10,000-square-foot expansion of its plant, 8011 Harborside Drive, confirms Nello Cassarino, whose family owns the company.
Debut delayed: Houston-based Gordmans had big plans in June to debut its stores in Galveston County. But coronavirus has delayed grand openings for the foreseeable future as the pandemic promises to dramatically alter the department store scene.
Big deal delayed: Rumor has it Texas-based SRH Hospitality Galveston Investments still intends to buy Hotel Galvez and The Tremont House, but the coronavirus crisis has delayed the high-profile transaction.