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The Galveston County Daily News : Biz Buzz / Buzz Blog

February 1, 2015

Biz Buzz / Buzz Blog

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Island rumors abound about Starbucks, Pei Wei and more

If all the retail rumors recently running around become reality, the island can look forward to fresh crop of stores and restaurants in coming months.

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Wednesday 01/21/2015
Will falling oil prices scuttle isle LNG project?
Posted: January 21, 2015

On course: With plunging oil prices, developers are deferring plans to build multibillion liquefied natural gas terminals at sites around the globe.

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Thursday 01/15/2015
Texas’ largest World Gym pumped up to open
Posted: January 15, 2015

What will be the state’s largest World Gym is flexing for an opening day.

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Thursday 01/08/2015
All that work on seawall site is for 100-room hotel
Posted: January 08, 2015

The dirt: Readers are wondering about all that activity at 8502 Seawall Blvd. on a parcel previously occupied by Reef Resort Apartments. After years of planning, crews have begun foundation work on what will be a 100-room Best Western Plus. The Gandhi family, which is behind the five-story development, is working to secure the main building permit. Last week, Willis Gandhi said the city had been slow to grant the permit. This week, city officials said they had met with representatives of the development and, after a few more revisions, crews would be good to go. Michael Gaertner is the architect.

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Thursday 01/01/2015
Voo Doo Daddy’s goes down; what will go up?
Posted: January 01, 2015

Voo Doo vanishes: The demolition last week of an island building long ago occupied by nightclub Voo Doo Daddy’s has sparked some speculation about what could rise in its place.

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Thursday 12/25/2014
Will ZZ Top guitarist play part in Balinese Room revival?
Posted: December 25, 2014

Heard it on the X: Some islanders are humming chords of a rumor linking Billy Gibbons, guitarist for rock band ZZ Top, to redevelopment of the site formerly occupied by the legendary Balinese Room

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Thursday 12/18/2014
What’s that land-clearing on I-45 all about?
Posted: December 18, 2014

The dirt: Inquiring readers want to know about all the dirt turning west of Interstate 45 at Holland Road in Texas City. The activity, south of Tanger Outlets, 5885 I-45, is the early work for the residential phase of the long awaited Lago Mar, which will eventually bring thousands of houses to the area.

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Thursday 12/11/2014
Fertitta opens hotel and casino
Posted: December 11, 2014

High roller: Texas law prevents Tilman Fertitta from opening a casino in his hometown of Galveston. But the CEO and sole shareholder of Fertitta Entertainment is getting as near as he can. This week, the island-born billionaire opened Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino Lake Charles, about two hours from Houston. The 1.3 million-square-foot property is the fifth Golden Nugget and the closest to Texas. The $700 million project features 740 luxury hotel rooms and suites; an 18-hole championship golf course; a luxurious spa; retail; an 18,000-square-foot ballroom; 30,000 square feet of meeting space; a pool, private beach front and marina; and several of Landry’s signature restaurants. Fertitta also is CEO, chairman and owner of Houston-based Landry’s, which operates restaurants and entertainment venues in Galveston and Kemah.

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Thursday 12/04/2014
Who will drive into multimillion dollar Pier 10 facility?
Posted: December 04, 2014

Awake at the wheel: Plans for development of a $10 million-plus vehicle processing center on nearly 18.9 acres of Port of Galveston property advanced considerably late last month with the hiring of Shelmark Engineering LLC. 

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