Total Wine & More coming to Denton

Total Wine & More in Lewisville.

Total Wine & More in Lewisville.

After months of rumors, Total Wine & More will officially come to Denton Crossing, the development’s owner announced today.

The store will be 24,000 square feet and located between Best Buy and TJ Maxx in the center and is expected to open late this fall.

Since selling hard liquor in Denton was legalized and implemented in January, multiple smaller store fronts have opened, like Liquor Outpost and Imperial Ale & Spirits. This will be the first chain to open in the city. Currently, the closest Total Wine & More is in Lewisville.

In the release by Retail Properties of America, they also noted that the Kroger inside of the shopping center will undergo an expansion, adding just over 18,000 square feet.

Wandervan launching this weekend


Newcomer transportation company Wandervan will launch service this weekend at 5 p.m. Friday.

The company has two Ford Ecoline vans that carry up to six passengers, and a booking app for people to use on their phones.

Through the application, users can request a ride and track in real time when their driver will arrive.

The company will only provide rides within city limits, and will be available 24 hours a day. You can learn more about the company and their launch on their Facebook page.

Drunken Donkey craft beer bar open

The sign behind the bar at Drunken Donkey Denton.

The sign behind the bar at Drunken Donkey Denton. 

Craft beer bar and grill Drunken Donkey opened today at Unicorn Lake.

This is the company’s third location since it was founded in 2014. The bar took the place of Pourhouse at 3350 Unicorn Lake Blvd.

This location features more than 145 beers on tap and more than 60 bottles of beer as well. The menu is the same as the other two locations, featuring typical bar fare like wings, burgers and specialty items like grilled quail and roasted duck.

The bar will be open every day from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. and you can follow their daily specials and new beers on Facebook.

Construction to start this month on Rayzor Ranch Town Center


RED Development, the company behind the much-anticipated Rayzor Ranch Town Center, announced they will start construction on the project by the end of the month.

They also announced the first round of retailers: WinCo Foods, Chili’s, Raising Cane’s, In-N-Out Burger, Envy Spa, Great Clips, Penn Station subs and Sleep Number.

Prior to today’s release, the company only confirmed publicly that Cinemark Movie Bistro would join the project. However, the Denton Record-Chronicle reported that WinCo Foods was vying for the space last December. We also reported in February that In-N-Out Burger, Chili’s and Raising Cane’s were joining the project.

When that was announced in 2014, it was estimated the project will open this summer. It is slated to be a high-end retail development similar to the Shops at Highland Village.

A press release from the company did not outline a timeline for the project, or when the stores could potentially open.

One downtown biz gone, another on the way out


Courthouse Collection is now officially closed, after having its last day on the Denton Square Saturday, May 9.

Now, owner Karen Wilson is in the process of moving the store to Krum.

Around the corner, owners of W Douglas Antiques are also preparing to close, but are Shirley and Tom Carrigan aren’t opening another location. Rather, they are retiring to Little Rock, Arkansas after 20 years on the Square.

Their last day in business will be Saturday, May 16. Another retail shop is planning to take its place, called The Palm Tree Boutique.

The store will undergo renovations before opening late this summer, featuring women’s clothing and accessories. The shop has a large online presence, and a storefront in Victoria.


Barbecue bash tomorrow for Dickey’s opening


The newest Dickey’s Barbecue Pit will open inside Rayzor Ranch Shopping Center Thursday, April 16, according to a press release from the company.

The first 50 guests at the location, which opens at 11 a.m., will win a gift card worth up to $50.

The celebration will continue into Friday and Saturday as well.

From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, disc jockeys from New Country 96.3 will be at the location. During that time, one guest will win a $500 gift card, and three people will win free barbecue for a year. Additionally, the store will offer $2 pulled pork sandwiches.

On Saturday, there will be free merchandise giveaways throughout the day.

The location is at 2530 West University Drive, suite 1110.


NY Pizza and Pasta to open next week

Smiling Moose Deli and Verus real estate share a building on the corner of West Hickory St and Carroll Blvd Dentonites will soon have another option for pizza in the downtown area, when NY Pizza and Pasta opens next week.

At the corner of West Hickory St. and South Carroll Blvd., the restaurant is taking the spot Smiling Moose Deli, which closed in November last year.

A family from the Bronx owns and will manage the restaurant, said Nexh Nokshiqi, who is helping open and run the restaurant with his father. Of course, they specialize in New York-style pizza, Nokshiqi said.

This will be their second restaurant, with the first in Benbrook. Right now, they are also working to open a third location in Grapevine. They expect to open sometime after Monday, though the exact date has not been set.

Popular retailer H&M coming to Golden Triangle

Earns  H & M

This fall, H&M will open a 23,000 square foot store in Golden Triangle Mall.

The store will be the chain’s fifteenth store in the state, according a press release announcing the new location.

They plan to hire around 30 employees to manage the store, which will feature clothing for men, women and children.

Within the store, there will be sections for maternity, sports apparel, accessories and a plus sized clothing line.

The mall began renovations in early 2013 to update the exterior and interior, and has since signed on several new retailers including Buckle, Zumiez and Charlotte Russe.

Warren Buffett to speak at benefit on April 8

FILE - In this Nov. 14, 2011, file photo, billionaire investor Warren Buffett speaks in Omaha, Neb., at an event to raise money for the Girls Inc., charity organization. Warren Buffett's annual letter to Berkshire Hathaway shareholders is always one of the best-read business documents of the year. The 2015 letter, due to be released on Saturday Feb. 28, marks the 50th year of Buffett's leadership. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)

FILE – In this Nov. 14, 2011, file photo, billionaire investor Warren Buffett speaks in Omaha, Neb., at an event to raise money for the Girls Inc., charity organization. Warren Buffett’s annual letter to Berkshire Hathaway shareholders is always one of the best-read business documents of the year. The 2015 letter, due to be released on Saturday Feb. 28, marks the 50th year of Buffett’s leadership. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)

Warren Buffett, Chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, will speak on the importance of community partnerships at an exclusive Live BIG Benefit Event from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, April 8 at Nebraska Furniture Mart, 5600 Nebraska Furniture Mart Dr. in The Colony.

The benefit event will feature Buffett, live entertainment, food and drinks and a silent auction (including Buffett-signed memorabilia) as guests peek in the retail store – soon to be the largest home furnishing store in America.

Ticket are $75 and proceeds benefit Cancer Support Community North Texas. For more information, visit

Neighboring bars open off the Square

Matt Slider (left) and J.B. Paschal at Service Industry on West Hickory Street Tuesday January 7, 2014, in Denton, Tx.

Two new bars arrived right off the Square this week. Service Industry and Muddy Jake’s Sports Grille and Pub are now open for business.

The next door neighbors at 222 W. Hickory St. serve food and drinks every evening, but Muddy Jake’s is also open for lunch.

Service Industry, owned by Matt Slider and JB Paschal, focuses on craft cocktails and a social, yet quiet, atmosphere.

The Hickory Street spot is the second location for Muddy Jake’s, which also operates in Sulphur Springs. General manager Lonnie Fox said the sports bar is hoping to host events, like live music and stand-up comedians.

Read more in this Sunday’s business feature.