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Business Beat: Verizon dealer expands into Longview

By Ken Hedler
Dec. 30, 2017 at 11:12 p.m.

Cellular Sales of Knoxville, Tennessee, has expanded its presence in Texas by opening a Verizon Wireless store at 301 W. Loop 281 in Longview.

The store opened Dec. 22 in a remodeled building that formerly housed a Grandy's restaurant.

Cellular Sales operates full-service stores for Verizon products and services, including smartphones, devices and tablets. A company official did not return phone calls.

The store is open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays to Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays.

Cellular Sales is a privately held company that operates more than 500 Verizon Wireless stores throughout the United States, company officials said. That includes a store in Tyler and nearly 50 other stores in Texas.

The company hired Triad Retail Construction of Pearland to remodel the 4,000-square-foot building, and the work started with interior demolition in October. The remodel is valued at $390,000, according to data from the Longview Development Services Department.

Office building

Shreveport-based Southern Home Builders is expanding construction activity within the Lost Creek Business Park at 4001 Technology Center with plans for a building that will house five office suites.

The project will be the fourth building at the location, said John Olah, construction manager.

Southern Home Builders applied for a development permit and site review Dec. 19 at the Longview Development Services Department. The department values the construction at $300,000, according to city data.

Olah said the new building will have separate suites that contain 1,200 square feet and feature four offices, a reception area, restrooms and break room. He said the company, which also builds homes, is doing the building on speculation and hopes to fill it with businesses such as a law office or financial firm.

"We are currently looking for a Realtor," Olah said, adding a sign at the location will advertise office space will be available for sale or lease.

Olah said he expects construction to start in a few months and to take four months.

Clinic remodel

Renovation work will continue into the new year at Christus Trinity Clinic's office of internal medicine at Good Shepherd Medical Plaza II, 703 E. Marshall Ave.

The interior remodel started in the fall.

Renovations so far have included paint and new flooring throughout the clinic and updating decor in patient exam rooms, lab areas and clinic offices, according to Christus Good Shepherd Medical Center staff.

The next phase, which is scheduled to begin in early 2018, will include a remodel of the main patient waiting area and expansion of a check-in and checkout area for patients.

The remodel is due for completion by summer.

The hospital hired Martin Construction & Design of Shreveport for the project. The remodel is valued at $80,000, according to data from the Longview Development Services Department.

Specialty stores

Alison Henderson said she and husband Jason Fritz have opened A Touch of Charm and The Pink 'Mingo at 802 N. High St., Suite D, because she sees a big market for monogramming and "unique clothing that not everyone has."

Henderson, who operated an online business with Fritz for three years, said she named The Pink 'Mingo in memory of her special needs brother, who died two years ago at age 25 and called pink flamingos "mingos."

The Pink 'Mingo sells clothing and accessories for teenage girls and women, along with cellphone-charging wallets for men, Henderson said.

Henderson said A Touch of Charm does monogramming on tumblers, clothing and jewelry.

"That is a big thing in the South," she said. "Everything has to be monogrammed."

Both stores are open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. For more information, visit The Pink 'Mingo on Facebook.

— Business Beat appears Sunday. If you have items for the column, email to; mail to Business Section, Longview News-Journal, P.O. Box 1792, Longview, TX 75606; or call (903) 237-7744.



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