Counting chickens: Those plucky rumors that a Chick-fil-A restaurant is set to roost on the island are heating up. Insiders say Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A, known for its fried chicken sandwiches, and Landry’s Inc. are in the final stages of a license agreement for the restaurant at the Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier, 25th Street and Seawall Boulevard. Island-born Tilman Fertitta is CEO, chairman and owner of Houston-based Landry’s, which operates restaurants and entertainment venues on the island, including the Pleasure Pier. Chick-fil-A is stepping up expansion, opening nearly 100 new restaurants a year, according to reports. Stay tuned.
Makeover magnet: In proof that development attracts more development, Houston-based real estate development and acquisition firm Edifis Group has finalized the purchase of Palmer Plaza, with plans to spruce up the 98,000-square-foot shopping center, which is next to the freshly opened H-E-B in Texas City.