The Longview Area Association of Realtors will soon begin construction on its new home on the stretch of Fourth Street north of Hawkins Parkway.
The new office will double the space the association has in its current building on Judson Road, from 2,560 square feet to 4,975 square feet, said Bill Maxwell, CEO of the Longview Area Association of Realtors. The current office was previously extended and is landlocked. Additional expansion is not possible.
“We’ve outgrown it,” Maxwell said of the current office.
The growth is part of a general trend for associations of Realtors, said Jessica Holmes, this year’s president of the association, with the past year especially bringing growth to the local association. What was originally the Longview Board of Realtors was organized in 1944, and the National Association of Real Estate Boards issued the organization a charter in 1945. The organization changed its name to the Longview Area Association of Realtors in 2000.
Maxwell said that in the past 10 years, the number of local board members and the number of people participating in its multiple listing service that tracks properties for sale has grown 252%, from 525 members in 2013 to 1,324 this year. year. . Maxwell has led the association’s office for 24 years, with the number of employees working there growing from three to five in the past four years.
The new building will provide more space for meetings and training, as well as more office space and larger bathrooms. The new location will also provide easy access for members to the outlying areas of the association.
Maxwell and Holmes said the new facility and the land it sits on represent a $1.5 million investment. The building was designed locally by Kelly Flatt, and Reich Builders will handle construction. Maxwell and association members Skip Martin and Martha Weant have led the project for the association.
The association expects to be in its new home for about a year.
New restaurant planned
A Houston-area chain known for its fried chicken and “New Orleans-inspired Creole comforts” is coming to Longview.
Frenchy’s has installed its sign in front of the building where Catfish King was previously located at 2338 Mobberly Ave. Information on when the location will open was not immediately available.
Percy “Frenchy” Creuzot Jr. opened its first restaurant in 1969. The small sandwich shop was located in Houston’s Third Ward on Scott Street, according to the company’s website.
“Opening the original Frenchy’s Po-Boy was a big risk for Percy, but one that paid off in the long run thanks to his entrepreneurial spirit and commitment to bringing a much-needed Creole revolution to the local food scene,” says the website. “Business took off after Percy’s Spiced Fried Chicken, inspired by old New Orleans family recipes, became a staple on the French menu. Staying true to their roots, the Creuzot family of combined it with classic Creole sides like dirty rice, collard greens, and red beans that had rich flavors with French, Spanish, Caribbean, and African influences.”
Frenchy’s has 11 locations in the Houston area.
Big Lots sets the grand opening
Discount retailer Big Lots will celebrate the grand opening of its new store at 98 Midtown Plaza in Kilgore on August 27th.
“Our team has been working hard to bring a great new store to the Kilgore community, and we are so happy that the day is finally here,” said Bruce Thorn, president and CEO of Big Lots in a prepared statement. “We’ve put a lot of thought into layout, design and presentation to make the experience the best it can be. Whether they’re new to Big Lots, or haven’t visited in a while, we hope shoppers stop by during our big weekend opening hours to meet our friendly associates and explore the store.”
The new store is 37,534 square meters. “Doorbuster Deals” are set for Saturday and Sunday along with scratch cards for the first 100 customers with the potential of up to $250 off a purchase.
Waitr in Longview and Tyler has a new name, along with the rest of the online and on-demand delivery company. The new name, ASAP, reflects the company’s new “deliver everything ASAP” business model.
“The new vision of ASAP is to provide customers, on the same day, from any type of business. In preparation for the rebranding, the company accelerated the expansion of its services in recent weeks, signing agreements to start offering a wide variety items such as alcohol, sporting goods, luxury clothing, auto and electrical parts, and others need products now,” the company said in a statement.
“ASAP expresses our new brand identity, building on our original ethos of delivery,” said Carl Grimstad, CEO and Chairman of the Board of Waitr Holdings Inc. “The strategies we have implemented have reinforced our ‘anything, anywhere ASAP’ vision, making us the company of choice for a wider range of products and services. And of course, our emphasis on working with businesses to make them more successful will never change.”