Golden Triangle Mall sign demolished

This morning, mall, city, and community representatives said good-bye to the old Golden Triangle Mall sign. The sign has been part of the mall since its opening in the early 80s.

Video by Karina Ramirez

Buckle coming to the Golden Triangle Mall

Golden Triangle Mall just announced the addition of Buckle, one of the country’s leading fashion retailers for young men and women, to a list of national and regional tenants that have recently committed to or renewed leases at the renovated mall, according to a press release.

Buckle will occupy 5,040 square feet and is expected to open later in the fall. In addition to Buckle, the list of new tenants includes food court eateries like Italia Express, Tobu Oriental Eatery and Smoothie Paradise, the release said.

The Buckle, Inc. sells medium to better–priced casual apparel, footwear and accessories. The company currently operates over 430 stores in 43 states, according to its website.

More information to follow.

Contractor hired for STEM Academy in The Colony

The Board of Trustees of Little Elm Independent School District approved a contract with Pogue Construction of McKinney to serve as the contractor for the STEM Academy in The Colony that the district will break ground on this summer. The goal is for the innovative facility to open on-time, no later then the fall of 2015, officials with the district said in a news statement.

The district used the construction delivery method, Construction Manager (CM) At-Risk, to select Pogue from the 11 firms that answered the districts Request for Qualifications, and then narrowed the pool to four finalists. Interviews with finalist were conducted prior to the administrative recommendation, a press release said.

CM At-Risk allows the owner, architect and contractor to collaborate earlier in the process to ensure a quality and cost effective school facility. Pogue Construction works extensively in school construction having built 546 schools that have all opened on time, officials said.

Academy Sports and Outdoors coming to Highlands Plaza in Flower Mound

Academy, Ltd. has purchased a 7-acre land parcel to open an Academy Sports and Outdoors within the Highlands Plaza in Flower Mound, a news release said. The center is located at the southeast corner of FM407 and Chinn Chapel Road, across from the Shops at Highland Village and Chinn Chapel Glasa Soccer Complex.

Highlands Plaza is being developed by Hermansen Land Development, Inc. Construction will be completed in fall of this year.

Easley Waggoner, Jr. of Venture Commercial, along with Lee Loftis of SRS Real Estate Partners and Frank Bullock, represented the seller. Ken and Scott Espensen of Espensen Commercial Realty represented the buyer, according to the news release.

Whataburger opening Saturday

Whataburger will be celebrating their grand opening in Denton on Saturday, Nov. 13 from 2 to 4 p.m.

The new restaurant is located at 2420 W. University Dr. in Denton near the intersection of W. University Dr. and N. Bonnie Brae St.

According to a press release, grand opening festivities include a free Whataburger for the first 50 customers (dine-in) at 2 and 3 p.m. and a live radio remote from Chris Sommers of 99.5 The Wolf.

A $300 donation will also be provided to Our Daily Bread, a community soup kitchen that provides free meals to the homeless and needy in Denton.

Construction of the new Whataburger was completed in approximately three months. The restaurant opened on Oct. 4 and has brought approximately 60 new jobs to the city, said the release.

For more information, call 940-387-6505.

Existing and new Rayzor Ranch businesses

We drove around the city today and took a couple of photos of existing businesses and new ones coming to the Rayzor Ranch Center.

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Cycle Center of Denton upcoming move to old Payless-Cashway location

Cycle Center of Denton will be moving to a new location 521 Acme St. at the corner of Acme & Ft. Worth Drive at the end of March.

Around for three decades, Cycle Center of Denton is a family-owned and operated business offering sales, parts, and accessories for new and pre-owned Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki and Polaris motorcycles, including E-Ton lines of products, ATV’s and UTV’s.

Randy Martin, who acquired the business in 1998 and his partner, Carlos Gonzalez, said that Cycle Center of Denton strives to excel on their customer service. Their new location, a large 30,000 square-foot facility will allow customers to enjoy a bigger and better selection of motorcycles and off-road vehicles, more parts and accessories as well as better service facilities for their vehicles while enjoying a new comfortable atmosphere to shop.

The new location will have a conference room, showroom, kid’s area, lounge, including a more comfortable service department as well as other amenities. The project has been under construction since last October under the leadership of architect, C2D of Denton and Kimric Construction of Aubrey serving as general contractor. The redesigned building used to be an Affordable Furniture business as well as a Payless-Cashways.

Additional information will follow in the Sunday Business column.

Photos taken Karina Ramírez on Tuesday, Feb. 16.

Inside the present location at 516 S. Interstate 35E.

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Site of the soon-to-be Cycle Center of Denton at the old Payless-Cashways building.

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Accessory Superstore back in business

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Photo taken November 19, 2008 by Karina Ramírez

Accessory Superstore owner Bryce McCallum finally opened his shop for business today.

After a fire engulfed his store located at 3939 South I-35 E in Denton last December 22, McCallum and a crew of three, continued to operate the truck accessory store from a temporary shop set behind the building while the damaged building underwent repairs.

“I was waiting on signage,” McCallum said about the reason why he had not publicly stated he had re-opened his shop. To make the repairs complete, he still has to place the yellow and green jeep on top of the roof.

His first shop was declared a total loss after the blaze late last year with damages estimated at $500,000, according to records.

The inside of the new building is similar to the first, but it is now 1,000 square feet smaller to accommodate building restrictions.

“It is amazing that people don’t even know we burned down last year,” McCallum said about his recent customers who have visited his shop, “They think we renovated.”

McCallum and his wife, a real estate broker, opened their Accessory Superstore in 1997 and outgrew two others before they acquired the building on the 2-acre lot on Interstate 35E near Pockrus Paige Road in May 2003.

More information about Accessory Superstore is available online at
http://www.accessorysuperstore.net/

Construction on L.A. Fitness moving forward

Near the intersection of S Loop 288 and Spencer Road, construction is well under way on a new 45,000 square foot workout facility, L.A. Fitness Sports Club.
And it will be one of the largest L.A. Fitnerss locations in Texas, said Terry “Buzz” Buzzards Jr, the weekend general manager for L.A. Fitness. The facility will have thousands of cardio machines, a basketball court, a volleyball court, five racquetball courts, spinning rooms, a 25-meter junior Olympic swimming pool, hot tub and separate saunas, among other amenities, “Buzz” said.
About 300 charter members from Krum, Argyle and Aubrey have already signed up at the location, he said.
The club is scheduled to open betyween Jan. 5 to Jan . 25, just in time for New Year resolutions, “Buzz” said.
“Denton is a booming area,” he said. “It’s a good central location, a perfect fit.”

New rooms for college students

Parkland Development Corporation — through its affiliate, Cypress Denton Station, Ltd. — is starting construction on The Forum at Denton Station, an apartment community designed for college students.
The development at Center Place Drive and Interstate 35E will feature 348 apartments and will be managed by Greystar, a national residential management company.
Andrew Sanderson with The Weitzman Group handled negotiations for acquisition of the property on behalf of Parkland. The 26-acre development is expected to open in the fall of 2009. The apartments will be fully furnished and rented by the bedroom, which enables students to be responsible only for their own rent, according to a news release. Housing options include one bedroom/one bath, two bedroom/two bath, three bedroom/three bath, and four bedroom/four bath. Other amenities will range from a swimming pool and hot tub to a conference center, game room and recreation sports center.

Keeping you in the loop!

Dawn Cobb
Managing Editor
Denton Record-Chronicle
940-566-6879
dcobb@dentonrc.com