Walmart still hiring at new Cross Roads location

Positions at the new Walmart in Cross Roads are still available.

Interested applicants can stop by from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday at the hiring center, 226 Countryside Drive.

Tony Quintero, the store manager for the new location, said the hiring site will remain open until the end of this week.

“After Sept. 3, we will begin hiring at the store,” he said.

In July, Walmart announced the opening of the new store and the need to fill 300 positions.

The new store is expected to open later this fall.

For more information, call 940-365-9187

Denton’s Opera House for sale

Photo: Karina Ramírez/DRC

The Wright Denton Opera House has been placed for sale.

The property has been listed on for $2,699,000.

“Building began on this project in 1899 from the original bricks of the Denton County Courthouse and [was] fully finished in 1905,” the listing reads.

The building is anchored by Recycled Books Store which has been a tenant in the building since the 1980s.

Real T Team agent Jonathan King is handling the sale.

“We just placed it on the market yesterday,” King said.

Link to listing

2013 Tax-free weekend and local back to school deals

Texans will be able to save the sales tax on most back-to-school items during tax-free weekend scheduled Friday through Sunday Aug. 9-11. For a complete list of tax-exempt items, click here.

The following is a list of back-to-school deals provided by local business owners: (The list will be updated, as businesses announce their deals.)

Barefoot Denton
Barefoot at 207 Elm St. will be offering 20 to 30 percent off during tax-free weekend.
For more information, visit the business’ Facebook page.

J.C. Penney
Friday Aug. 9 and Saturday Aug. 10 with extended store hours – store opens at 9 a.m. Saturday. Kids will receive $10 haircuts and $25 eyeglasses at all the stores’ salons and optical.

The store will offer a free Customization Kit with purchase of a new backpack or pair of sneakers. Each kit includes a variety of craft materials to doodle, embellish and stylize kids’ new shoes and backpacks. Follow #MakeItYours on Instagram and Twitter to see pictures of customer’s creations.

Some of the deals announced includes:  $7.99 for Arizona brand tees, juniors and guys (original price $14 – $16), $12.99 Arizona colored skinny jeans, juniors (original price $24) and $12.99 characters backpacks for kids (original price $30). Blockbuster deals begin 3 p.m. Friday to close time and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

The store will also offer $20 off $100 purchase or more, $15 off $75 purchase or more, $10 off $50 purchase or more — on select apparel, shoes, accessories or fine jewelry.

For more information, visit

Fusion Hair Design
Offering 1/2 price kids haircuts (12 years and under) to anyone who donates school supplies. The staff will be collecting supplies to be donated to the Denton County Friends of the Family from  Aug. 13-23.  Walk in’s welcomed but, appointments are recommended. Fusion Hair Design is located at 1400 North Corinth St. Ste. 105 in Corinth. For more information, contact Angela Grubke at 940-497-6677.

Golden Triangle Mall
A listing of stores’ deals, including coupons for tax-free weekend.

Health Services of North Texas 
The nonprofit will be hosting its Back to School Essentials event at 9 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 10. The event is free. For a listing of events, click here.

Lincoln’s Mini Mall
Will has shirts starting at $7, jeans and shoes starting at $10.
For more information, visit the store’s Facebook page.

Rayzor Ranch Marketplace
Here is a full list of stores offering specials during tax-free weekend.

Recutz Barbershop
Free haircuts for students will be provided from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25 at 525 Fort Worth Drive, Suite 303. College students must show ID unless they are an existing client. Light refreshments will be provided. For more information, call 214-306-3078.

Re-Jenesis Barbershop
The barbershop staff will host its annual Back to School Bash from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 18 at 318 E. Oak St., Ste. 130. Free backpacks and school supplies will be given away to the first 50 students (16 and under). The back-to-school event also includes free haircuts, free food and entertainment. For more information, call 940-808-1280.

Staples will be hosting Teacher Appreciation Day to help teachers get the needed school supplies. From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10, the first 100 teachers (who are also Staples reward members) will receive a free shopping bag plus 20 percent back in Staples Rewards on everything they can fit in their bag, according to a company news release.

Teachers may also enter for a chance to win a $25 Staples gift card.

This event will take place at the Staples located at  2315 Colorado Blvd., in Suite 160.

Vista Ridge Mall
Vista Ridge Mall in Lewisville will open earlier and close later to accommodate shoppers Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 9, 10 and 11, the shopping center will be open from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday.

During tax-free weekend, Vista Ridge Mall and Christian Community Action of Lewisville (CCA) will ask individuals to stop and donate to the nonprofit’s Apple Tree, a back-to-school program that provides qualifying area students with items needed for the beginning of the school year. Representatives from CCA will be available in the Food Court.

For information, visit

Find & Save
For Denton area local deals visit the Find & Save website.

Lone Star Attitude coming to the Denton Square

The old Denton Independent Hamburger Co. at the Downtown Square has been transforming itself into a new business.

It will soon be known as Lone Star Attitude, and it will be a hamburger concept, offering live music, said Julie Glover, the city’s economic development program administrator back onApril 8.

In May, it was announced via We Denton Do It blog that the head chef from Fireside Pies and Hibiscus was the one crafting the burger concept.

Glover said in an email July 12 that Lone Star Attitude would bring something different to downtown, since it will include the city’s first rooftop bar.

“I think the business concept is great and this will become a downtown destination,” she wrote.

According to city records, the contractor on the project is Tim Beaty. Permits show the project will include an exterior staircase.

Lone Star Attitude will be located at 113 W. Hickory Street between The Courthouse Collection and Mad World Records.  

Photos by Karina Ramírez

Lone Star Attitude is being built inside the old The Denton County Independent Hamburger Company. Photo taken April 7, 2013.

A look at the interior of the Lone Star Attitude during renovations. Photo taken April 7, 2013.

Lone Star Attitude now has a second floor. Photo taken July 30, 2013.

Peterbilt names new general manager

Darrin Siver, vice-president of PACCAR, has been named Peterbilt’s new general manager, according to company officials.

Siver will replace Bill Kozek, who took a new position as president of Navistar International Corporation, whose subsidiaries and affiliates produce several brands of commercial and military trucks, diesel engines and school and commercial buses.

Silver has 20 years of experience with PACCAR, most recently serving as general manager of PACCAR Parts, said Todd Acker, a company spokesman in an e-mail Tuesday afternoon.

Kozek spent 26 years at PACCAR Inc., where he most recently served as vice president and general manager of its Peterbilt Motors Company.

Aldi to open first Denton store May 30

On May 30, the German discount grocer ALDI plans to open its first Denton grocery store at 1105 Loop 288 S.

To celebrate the opening of the Denton store, ALDI will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 9:45 a.m. May 29.

The event is open to the public. Guests may sample ALDI exclusive brands and tour the new store, a press release said.  Additionally, they may participate in an on-site sweepstakes for a chance to win store gift certificates, a news statement said.

Store hours will be 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday.

ALDI has more than 1,200 U.S. stores located in 32 states. Over the last several years, ALDI has added approximately 50-80 new stores each year.

In 2009, Aldi Inc. opened a 500,000-square-foot distribution center at 2500 Westcourt Road in Denton at an estimated cost of $50 million.

More Fun Comics and Games will celebrate Worldwide Free Comic Day on May 4

More Fun Comics and Games in Denton will join other stores worldwide and celebrate Free Comic Book Day on Saturday, May 4.

Free Comic Book Day is celebrated the first Saturday in May each year, when participating comic book shops give away comic books for free to anyone who comes into their stores. The activity began 12 years ago, retailer Joe Field, according to a press release.

Tim Stoltzfus, the owner of More Fun Comics and Games at 103 W Hickory St., said in a news statement, his store will have comics for children, teens, and adults that day.

More than 4.6 million free comic books are expected to be given away at more than 2,000 participating locations.

On Saturday, More Fun Comics will open at 11 a.m. and the first 20 people through the door will get a free goodie bag, according to a Facebook post. Each goodie bag will have a hardcover graphic novel and several free comics.

For more information, visit

Cinco de Mellow at Mellow Mushroom



Through Sunday, May 5, Denton’s Mellow Mushroom is hosting a “Most Interesting Man in the World” contest for a chance to win a trip for two to a destination in Mexico.

Participants need to stop by Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers, take a photo with the Dos Equis ‘Most Interesting Man’ standee and upload their photo via Instagram. Participants can use the hashtag #CincoDeMellow.

Mellow Mushroom Denton is located at 217 E Hickory St.

For more information, call 940-323-1100 or visit

Durham School Services announces layoffs

Durham School Services, a full service student transportation provider, reported to the Texas Workforce Commission that 67 positions in Little Elm will be cut beginning July 31.

The company provided its layoff notice to the commission on April 23 as part of the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN) which protects workers, their families and communities by requiring employers to provide notification of pending job cuts.

Earlier this month, the Little Elm School Board of Trustees approved GoldStar Transit as the carrier for its student transportation for the 2013-2014 school year. Durham School Services also presented a proposal but was not selected, according to a news release.

In addition to the layoffs in Denton County, the company also will cut an additional 218 positions in Johnson, Parker and Uvalde counties starting June 2013.