By Jay Socol, Public Communications Director
It’s been a long time since Economic Development Director Natalie Ruiz and I talked rumors versus reality in terms of restaurants, retail, and more. This episode of “Is This a Thing?” covers a lot of ground, including flip-flop scenarios about In-N-Out Burger.
Using examples of Academy and Gander Mountain, Nat also gives great insight into why vacant properties stay empty so long.
Total run time: 44:09
- 00:00 – Show open.
- 02:20 – University Drive: Kinds of businesses interested in University Town Center, its challenges; announcements by fall, then construction.
- 05:45 – Chimney Hill: The Republic Steakhouse and Primrose Path; drive-thru Starbucks looks like a thing; what else has potential; the REAL story about In-N-Out Burger.
- 10:36 – Burger Mojo update.
- 11:50 – Century Square: Review of all the recent openings + what else is coming soon. How sustainable are all these businesses?
- 15:43 – Northgate: Seeing more restaurants and retail interests. Food truck park. Small grocery has to be on the horizon.
- 18:15 – Texas Avenue: Ace Hardware, Red Lion.
- 19:15 – Pappadeaux status.
- 22:05 – Honest talk about Harvey Road.
- 26:15 – Why “available” buildings aren’t always…available. Example: The old Academy building.
- 30:15 – Status of the Gander Mountain building.
- 32:35 – Jones Crossing: Status of H-E-B and more.
- 33:37 – Chef Tai’s Urban Table (I botch the name).
- 34:15 – CapRock and Tower Point: Rx Pizza, Casa do Brasil, Ground Shuttle Transit, The Yard, Bottleneck Wine Bar, offices and more.
- 36:05 – Gringo’s now has a building permit. Walk-On’s moving forward. TaD’s Louisiana Cooking.
- 37:05 – Stella (from the owners of Harvey Washbanger’s).
- 38:13 – New car dealerships.
- 38:40 – Dunkin’ Donuts — anything?
- 41:00 – Big boxes hit pause on new developments in 2017. Now, “the Amazon Effect” has forced brick-and-mortar brands to be creative with new online partnerships.
- 43:51 – Show close.
About the Blogger
Jay Socol (@jaysocol) is in his ninth year as College Station’s public communications director. A 1991 graduate of Texas A&M. Jay has also been communications director for the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service, public information officer for the City of Bryan, and news director at several Bryan-College Station area radio stations. A native of Breckenridge, he also serves as president of the Texas Association of Municipal Information Officers.
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