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Few, if any, businesses are unscathed by the coronavirus. But deals are getting done — and undone — and commerce continues. Some retailers and restaurants are forging ahead with planned openings and expansions, although with adjustments and some uncertainty. Some are closed or offering limit…

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Downtown update: The potential for residential development in the island’s downtown continues to attract investors and developers. Most recently, Jeff Ehrich, president of Galveston-based Seaside Construction, acquired the old Oldsmobile car dealership property, 2415 Church St., with plans t…

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Property lines: Vacation rental management is big business on the island, which is buzzing about a major acquisition. Ryson Real Estate & Vacation Rentals has acquired a management portfolio that includes 150 rental homes from Deem Realty. That acquisition gives Ryson, which began in Gal…

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Tradewinds turnaround: The rumors were true about dd’s Discounts planning a Texas City store. A subsidiary of Ross Stores, dd’s has signed a lease to open an 18,000-square-foot store in a subdivided space previously occupied by grocer H-E-B in the Tradewinds Shopping Center. The lease is the…

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Rooftop report: Affordably priced houses with waterfront views in Galveston? It sounds as elusive as mermaids and pirate treasure. But it’s what developer Jerome Karam has planned for Hideaway Estates on the southeast corner of Zingleman and Ostermeyer roads on Gangs Bayou on the island’s We…

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A much-awaited chicken restaurant hatched in Texas City, a long-delayed beer house opened in League City and, after decades of dashed hopes, one developer made good on his promise to put the old Falstaff Brewery building in Galveston back to use. 2019 was a year of fruition and saying "final…