Category Archives: New Businesses

Peppa Pig World of Play to open January 2019

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unnamed-1-1The Peppa Pig World of Play will open at 3000 Grapevine Mills Parkway, Grapevine, in January. The attraction is designed to immerse pre-school children and their families into the world of the show “Peppa Pig.” The indoor play center will include 10 play areas and is the first to open in the United States. www.peppapigworldofplay.com.

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Grapevine council approves zoning variances for new Stand Rock water park

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Grapevine City Council approved attraction overlays for the new Stand Rock Resort and water park in Grapevine on Dec. 18, marking a step forward in the development initially approved in 2016.

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(Courtesy city of Grapevine)

Stand Rock will be Grapevine’s third water park, and it will be located within 3 miles of the city’s two other water parks and resorts, Great Wolf Lodge and the Gaylord Texan Resort, at 3509 N. Grapevine Mills Blvd., Grapevine.

The project is expected to cost approximately $330 million.

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Freerunning and parkour gym now open in Southlake

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Photo courtesy of Tempest Freerunning Academy

Tempest Freerunning Academy held a grand opening Dec. 2 for its first Texas location at 280 Commerce St., Ste. 100, Southlake. The gym offers freerunning and parkour classes to students, including options for those as young as 4 years old. Although freerunning and parkour have minor stylistic differences, both sports involve traveling from point A to point B, often using obstacles in one’s path.

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PGA of America to move headquarters to Frisco, bringing jobs, championship matches

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The Professional Golfers’ Association of America will move its national headquarters to Frisco from Florida, where it will anchor a 600-acre mixed-use development with an investment of more than half a billion dollars.

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Rendering courtesy of the City of Frisco

The entire project will have an initial estimated public-private investment totaling more than $520 million. PGA of America will bring an initial 100 employees, eventually growing to 250 employees, according to the city.

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Grapevine unveils more details about upcoming Main Station project

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Graphic: City of Grapevine

Grapevine’s highly anticipated train station and boutique hotel may open around January 2020 as part of the city’s Main Station development project, which also includes a community plaza and parking garage, at Main Street and Dallas Road.

Coury Hospitality will manage the parking garage, the hotel and most of the train station, Grapevine City Manager Bruno Rumbelow said.

Mark Brooks, a development partner for the project, presented design and layout plans for the connected hotel and train station during Grapevine’s economic partnership meeting Wednesday.

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Amazon announces new headquarters; McKinney mayor says submittal process helped city

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Amazon.com Inc. has chosen New York City and Arlington, Virginia, to accommodate its second headquarters—investing $5 billion and creating more than 50,000 jobs across both cities, according to a Nov. 13 news release from the company. Amazon also announced it will establish a business operations center in Nashville, Tennessee, which will result in more than 5,000 jobs.

The online retailer announced the search for its second headquarters in September 2017 and asked cities to team up to submit one proposal per metropolitan statistical area.

The Dallas Regional Chamber partnered with the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce in October 2017 to collect a list of sites to present to Amazon, according to a Dallas Regional Chamber news release.

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October openings in Grapevine

Click HERE to view a listing of new businesses scheduled to open this month in Grapevine. The complete list is below.

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Dallas: Construction Underway for 2019 Opening of Braniff Centre

By Adolfo Pesquera

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TAC Air FBO at Braniff Centre – Dallas Love Field, Ramp Side rendering by The Gravity Company.

Dallas (Dallas County) – Partial demolition has been underway for several weeks at the former headquarters of Braniff International Airways, in preparation for the $140 million construction of the mixed-use Braniff Centre.

While most of the interior is being gutted, the basic structure of the exterior will be preserved as it is considered historically significant. Braniff began operations at Love Field in 1942 and constructed the landmark facilities between 1955-1958. The airline ceased operations in 1992. It later became the home of DalFort Aerospace, which operated there until 2002.

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Chinese development group to bring mall project to US 380 corridor

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A multilevel mall project is planned to introduce Chinese home goods to the American market. (Rendering courtesy city of Frisco)

Frisco City Council approved to rezone 77 acres on Tuesday along US 380 for a multilevel shopping center project with additional retail, office, hotel and urban-living residential units.

The rezoning request was approved with the condition that the developer would begin construction on 100,000 square feet of office space plus the first phase of the mall and retail aspects before receiving a building permit for any residential building.

Lesso America, a subsidiary of building material manufacturer China Lesso Group Holdings Ltd., has owned the land for two years and plans to move its American headquarters to the development.

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Commercial center to bring restaurant, retail, fuel stations, car wash to Northwest Highway and Texan Trail in Grapevine

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(Courtesy Grapevine City Council)

The east side of Grapevine could have some more produce and grocery options in the near future.

On Aug. 21 the Grapevine City Council together with the Planning and Zoning Commission approved a conditional-use permit for a planned commercial center that would include a gas station, a car wash, dining with outdoor seating called Texas Best Smokehouse, and a section for produce and groceries.

The project will be developed by Victron Energy. Its vice president, Mohammad Sharaf, said in a letter to the council that no two Victron stores are alike, and the family business model allows each facility to be customized to the market.

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