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Re: Grand Island Rumor Mill

Posted: Sun Jul 09, 2017 11:02 am
by gisbuxfan
I am curious about the property located on the south west corner of North Rd and 13th St. According to the assessor's office it has been sold to MEADOWS APARMENT HOMES, LLC. This is the same owner as the property that the Verizon store off HWY 281 sits on. Anyone know the intentions of this owner with this property?

Re: Grand Island Rumor Mill

Posted: Wed Jul 26, 2017 5:12 pm
by Yankeesnick
Overheard some people at Taco Johns on Webb today saying Popeye's Chicken is going in North of there?

Re: Grand Island Rumor Mill

Posted: Fri Jul 28, 2017 8:46 pm
by badlander
Spring City Indoor Trampoline to open in the fall in the old Hastings space near Dick's Sporting Goods. http://www.jumpspringcity.com

Re: Grand Island Rumor Mill

Posted: Fri Jul 28, 2017 10:51 pm
by nativeomahan
Yankeesnick wrote:Overheard some people at Taco Johns on Webb today saying Popeye's Chicken is going in North of there?


Now that would make me smile!

Re: Grand Island Rumor Mill

Posted: Fri Aug 11, 2017 2:25 am
by snunn14
Yankeesnick wrote:Overheard some people at Taco Johns on Webb today saying Popeye's Chicken is going in North of there?

Hardee's is going in North of that Taco Johns. Would be nice to see a Popeyes though!!

Re: Grand Island Rumor Mill

Posted: Sat Aug 26, 2017 12:21 pm
by Candleshoe
Update on the former K-Mart on 281, it's now filled with the announcement that Home Goods will take the last of the remaining square footage, with an opening in the Spring of 2018.
Other new tenants of the building include Planet Fitness, Fresh Thyme Farmers Market, which will begin remodeling soon for an early 2018 opening, and a locally owned auto detail shop in the former Penske Auto space.

In other new biz news, Burlington will open their new 40,000 store on Sept 8. Located between Shopko and Dicks Sporting Goods.

Re: Grand Island Rumor Mill

Posted: Tue Aug 29, 2017 2:57 pm
by Candleshoe
Two restaurants announced they would not be renewing their leases at their existing locations in GI. Denny's, which is located inside the Boarders Inn on South Locust St and Fazoli's Italian, located at the foot of the W Hiway 30/2nd Street overpass.

Fazoli's corporate owned the store and said they could not work out a new lease agreement that satisfied them. They are open to relocating elsewhere in GI, while there is no relocation word on the Dennys.

The Denny's suffered from absentee ownership with chronic staffing and management issues. The Fazolis was always a popular eatery, so it's conceivable they could be back.

Re: Grand Island Rumor Mill

Posted: Sat Sep 02, 2017 3:48 pm
by Candleshoe
Just an observation on the now-closed Fazoli's location on W 2nd St...

For a day, the building was shuttered. Now, it appears to be in major remodel mode.

Hmmmmmm...

Re: Grand Island Rumor Mill

Posted: Sun Sep 03, 2017 9:37 am
by gisbuxfan
Candleshoe wrote:Just an observation on the now-closed Fazoli's location on W 2nd St...

For a day, the building was shuttered. Now, it appears to be in major remodel mode.

Hmmmmmm...


It's a high traffic area. I wouldn't be surprised if it filled up fast.

Re: Grand Island Rumor Mill

Posted: Tue Sep 05, 2017 9:40 pm
by gisbuxfan
This was in the paper tonight from the Regional Planning Commission. I wondered if anyone knows any specifics on this plan..

" Consider approving a preliminary and final plat for Millennial Estates Subdivision, located south of 13th Street and east of North Road."

Re: Grand Island Rumor Mill

Posted: Thu Sep 14, 2017 4:50 pm
by socaln8v
Has anyone heard about this? Sounds kind of neat. I saw this post for an open position. The company hiring is Bosselman Enterprises but the post doesn't have any address or location info:
"NEW RESTAURANT COMING TO THE GRAND ISLAND AREA! TOMMY GUNZ IS A PROHIBITION THEMED HIGH END RESTAURANT SERVING BREAKFAST/LUNCH AND A FINE DINING EXPERIENCE. IT WILL FEATURE A FINE WINE BAR."

Re: Grand Island Rumor Mill

Posted: Sun Sep 17, 2017 6:03 am
by badlander
socaln8v wrote:Has anyone heard about this? Sounds kind of neat. I saw this post for an open position. The company hiring is Bosselman Enterprises but the post doesn't have any address or location info:
"NEW RESTAURANT COMING TO THE GRAND ISLAND AREA! TOMMY GUNZ IS A PROHIBITION THEMED HIGH END RESTAURANT SERVING BREAKFAST/LUNCH AND A FINE DINING EXPERIENCE. IT WILL FEATURE A FINE WINE BAR."


Original plan called for the location to be on the south end of their just remodeled corporate office on South Locust St. Not sure if that is still the plan.

Re: Grand Island Rumor Mill

Posted: Tue Sep 19, 2017 12:51 pm
by Candleshoe
Social media is all atwitter (!) with rumors of Popeyes going in to the old Fazolis/old Pump & Pantry on 281/old KFC on 2nd St/or where Hardees is going... Additional rumors have Chipotle going into the same places.

Stay tuned... :roll: :roll: :roll:

Re: Grand Island Rumor Mill

Posted: Tue Sep 19, 2017 11:24 pm
by GrandpaaSmucker
Candleshoe wrote:Social media is all atwitter (!) with rumors of Popeyes going in to the old Fazolis/old Pump & Pantry on 281/old KFC on 2nd St/or where Hardees is going... Additional rumors have Chipotle going into the same places.

Stay tuned... :roll: :roll: :roll:


The Popeyes here in Millard is in a former Hardees. When it was Hardees in the 90s I ate there 3 or 4 times. Since it turned into Popeyes about 2005 I have ate there once a week so thats like well over 500 times. Popeyes is like crack cocaine.

Re: Grand Island Rumor Mill

Posted: Wed Sep 20, 2017 1:48 pm
by gisbuxfan
Just announced today another restaurant is closing.. Whiskey Creek closes after nearly 20 years in GI.

http://www.theindependent.com/news/business/whiskey-creek-closes-in-grand-island-after-nearly-years/article_b6c6c5dc-9e21-11e7-8363-4bb1f92d40d5.html

Re: Grand Island Rumor Mill

Posted: Tue Oct 03, 2017 6:04 pm
by gichick
I was browsing a job search site and ran into a listing for Spencer's gifts in GI. Not sure where they are going or if it's just a Holiday thing, but I believe it's legit.

Also, does anyone know what they're putting in the strip mall on Locust right behind Pizza Hut? They're remodeling the whole front of the building and adding a new section.

Re: Grand Island Rumor Mill

Posted: Wed Oct 04, 2017 6:25 pm
by Candleshoe
gichick wrote:I was browsing a job search site and ran into a listing for Spencer's gifts in GI. Not sure where they are going or if it's just a Holiday thing, but I believe it's legit.

Also, does anyone know what they're putting in the strip mall on Locust right behind Pizza Hut? They're remodeling the whole front of the building and adding a new section.


Spencers will usually run a Halloween store at the mall each year. There's also been a toy/game/calendar store out there the last few Christmas seasons, but I don't know who the home company is on that.

Re: Grand Island Rumor Mill

Posted: Wed Oct 04, 2017 8:04 pm
by debradomayer
Candleshoe wrote:
gichick wrote:I was browsing a job search site and ran into a listing for Spencer's gifts in GI. Not sure where they are going or if it's just a Holiday thing, but I believe it's legit.

Also, does anyone know what they're putting in the strip mall on Locust right behind Pizza Hut? They're remodeling the whole front of the building and adding a new section.


Spencers will usually run a Halloween store at the mall each year. There's also been a toy/game/calendar store out there the last few Christmas seasons, but I don't know who the home company is on that.
Go! Calendars is owned by Go! Retail Group out of Austin Tx, the location at Westroads/Omaha became a year round store after the Christmas season last year. Previous years they would open from Oct thru the end of January

Re: Grand Island Rumor Mill

Posted: Wed Nov 08, 2017 9:06 am
by shefloper
Has anyone heard what is going in at the location two lots to the North of Mirror Image Car Wash or just East of the North Walmart? Between Diers Avenue and 281. Thank you in advance...

Re: Grand Island Rumor Mill

Posted: Wed Nov 08, 2017 7:00 pm
by Candleshoe
shefloper wrote:Has anyone heard what is going in at the location two lots to the North of Mirror Image Car Wash or just East of the North Walmart? Between Diers Avenue and 281. Thank you in advance...


I'd heard another tire store... don't recall the name of it.

Re: Grand Island Rumor Mill

Posted: Fri Nov 10, 2017 2:26 pm
by Yankeesnick
Candleshoe wrote:
shefloper wrote:Has anyone heard what is going in at the location two lots to the North of Mirror Image Car Wash or just East of the North Walmart? Between Diers Avenue and 281. Thank you in advance...


I'd heard another tire store... don't recall the name of it.


I’d like to see Discount Tire come to GI, I’ve had bad luck with Big O.

Re: Grand Island Rumor Mill

Posted: Wed Nov 22, 2017 6:36 pm
by gichick
They tore down the old Uncle Ed's/Village Inn on Locust. Speculation is Burger King is moving in there and they'll close the other S. Locust location. Anyone hear anything about that?

Re: Grand Island Rumor Mill

Posted: Fri Nov 24, 2017 12:35 pm
by Candleshoe
gichick wrote:They tore down the old Uncle Ed's/Village Inn on Locust. Speculation is Burger King is moving in there and they'll close the other S. Locust location. Anyone hear anything about that?

I'd heard that too. That would be a nice upgrade for BK, the one in the strip mall is pretty underwhelming and hard to get to sometimes. It's an OK addition to the fast food landscape that far south, kind of slim pickings for now. At least it's new development. With all the new hotels down there along with the WalMart, and the new Talon Apartment complex, I'm surprised there isn't more service oriented new activity.

Re: Grand Island Rumor Mill

Posted: Mon Nov 27, 2017 3:36 pm
by Yankeesnick
Was in Discount Tire in Omaha over the weekend, the manager told me the are building a store in GI across the street from Walmart. I would guess it’s the construction that’s happening now East of the North Walmart, but could be wrong.

Re: Grand Island Rumor Mill

Posted: Mon Nov 27, 2017 7:06 pm
by socaln8v
gichick wrote:I was browsing a job search site and ran into a listing for Spencer's gifts in GI. Not sure where they are going or if it's just a Holiday thing, but I believe it's legit.

Also, does anyone know what they're putting in the strip mall on Locust right behind Pizza Hut? They're remodeling the whole front of the building and adding a new section.


Not sure if you've got an answer on your second question yet or not but thought I'd offer some info. Before the Pizza Hut was torn down, we had gone there to eat and it was locked. We asked the people inside why it was locked and we were told by an employee that they were closing down the restaurant until the new construction was completed. Pizza Hut is going to be in the addition of the strip mall.

Re: Grand Island Rumor Mill

Posted: Wed Nov 29, 2017 10:11 am
by Yankeesnick
Heard this morning that Papa Murphy’s is closing!?

Re: Grand Island Rumor Mill

Posted: Thu Nov 30, 2017 8:30 am
by gichick
Yes, Papa Murphy's closed as well as Carnivore Meats.

Re: Grand Island Rumor Mill

Posted: Wed Dec 06, 2017 1:44 pm
by gisbuxfan
Royal Indian Cuisine announced on their Facebook page they are closing. This is a real loss as they were unique to this town and high quality food.

Re: Grand Island Rumor Mill

Posted: Thu Dec 07, 2017 11:06 am
by Candleshoe
gisbuxfan wrote:Royal Indian Cuisine announced on their Facebook page they are closing. This is a real loss as they were unique to this town and high quality food.

They suffered the same fate as the three or four previous restaurant tenants of that strip mall... nobody knew they were there. The little strip mall is tucked away and filled with destination businesses and if you weren't going there for a specific reason, you'd never know what was in there.

Re: Grand Island Rumor Mill

Posted: Tue Jan 16, 2018 6:08 pm
by badlander
Popeye's coming to GI. Corner of 13th and 281, where former Pump & Pantry was located.

Re: Grand Island Rumor Mill

Posted: Wed Jan 17, 2018 11:02 am
by Candleshoe
badlander wrote:Popeye's coming to GI. Corner of 13th and 281, where former Pump & Pantry was located.


That's going to be a snug fit in that triangle space. Will be interesting to see the design to make it work.