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Business Beat: Self-serve dog wash set to splash

By Jo Lee Ferguson Special to the News-Journal
Sept. 14, 2013 at 11 p.m.


Two self-described dog lovers plan to open <em>Muddy Pups Self Service Dog Wash</em> next month in Longview.

Longview residents <em>Chris and Tracy Moore</em> expect the business to open Oct. 31 in Suite 9 of the <em>Poste Haste Shopping Center</em>, at 414 W. Loop 281. The business also will offer to bathe people's dogs for them.

"We're just dog lovers," Chris Moore said, adding they have two dogs they adopted from the Humane Society of Gregg County four or five years ago.

Moore said he's an entrepreneur who was looking for a new business.

"I'm trying to establish this as kind of a boutique kind of atmosphere for the dogs, a spa-type atmosphere," he said, with customers able to use the business' professional equipment to wash their dogs "instead of having to destroy their bathroom in the process."

Moore said the business also will expand to offer grooming services.

Gary Miller with Eberhart Miller Real Estate Services handled the lease.

<h3>Peddler's Pizza moves</h3>

Longview resident <em>Falisha Reeves</em> has moved her <em>Peddler's Pizza</em> from Kilgore to Longview, opening up this past Monday at 409 W. Loop 281, Suite 105, in <em>Oak Forest Plaza II</em>.

Peddler's Pizza had been in Kilgore for about 21 years, with Reeves as its owner for 15 years. She moved after the building it was located in sold.

Peddler's carries one pizza size - a 12-inch pizza with hand-tossed crust that's divided into eight slices and costs $8.99.

"We do our own fresh dough every morning," she said, as well as fresh vegetables and sauces. "We don't have anything pre-made. Nothing is shipped to us that's pre-made."

The restaurant also serves subs, hot wings and dessert pizza. Peddler's Pizza is open 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

<h3>Restaurant expands</h3>

Chicken Express owners Charlie and Merrie Hipp and their son, Eric Hipp, are planning a second Longview location.

Eric Hipp said they're probably about six months away from opening, with a planned location on Gilmer Road.

<h3>Bodacious business</h3>

Hallsville's new <em>Bodacious Bar-B-Q</em> opened for business Friday.

The restaurant, one of about 20 in the Longview-based chain, is owned by franchisees <em>Gabe and Kasie Ritter</em>. Their store previously was at Gilmer Road and Marshall Avenue in Longview.

The Ritters' Hallsville location is in a building they purchased at 1164 W. Main St., near First Methodist Hallsville.

"We live in Marshall," Gabe Ritter said. "We've been driving to Longview every day for the past 15 years. It's closer for us."

The restaurant is open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

"I think it's going to be a real good location," Ritter said the day before the restaurant opened. "Everybody's real excited that we're opening up here. We've been really welcomed by the people who live here so far."

<h3>Jack's consolidates</h3>

Jack's Natural Food Store on Judson Road has closed, but Seanor Moore, general manager of the business' Loop 281 location, says the company has a new store in its future.

Jack Bode, who co-founded Jack's Natural Food Store, died earlier this year. Moore, however, said the death of his father-in-law had nothing to do with the closure of the store on Judson Road. Moore, his wife, Jennifer Moore, and mother-in-law, DeAnna Hill operate the business.

"We were planning to (close the Judson Road) store before he got sick, and we just had to put it on the back burner," he said.

The Judson Road store was only about a mile and a half from the Loop 281 store. The Loop 281 store is much larger than the Judson Road store was, and they were so close together that the loop store was drawing customers away from the Judson Road store, Seanor Moore said. The Judson Road staff and inventory moved to the larger store.

Moore said the family plans to open another location further away from the Loop 281 store, but there are no specific plans.

<em>- If you have items for Business Beat, email to newstip@news-journal.com; mail to Business Section, Longview News-Journal, P.O. Box 1792, Longview, TX 75606; or call (903) 237-7744.</em>

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