Monday, February 19, 2018

Business Beat: Apparel retailer Citi Trends expands to Longview, Gilmer restaurant expands, Booshay's to open

By Ken Hedler
Feb. 3, 2018 at 10:30 p.m.

Citi Trends, which describes itself as a "value-priced retailer of urban fashion apparel, shoes, accessories and home decor," is expanding into Longview. The company plans to open a store by mid-February at 1205A. E. Marshall Ave. near the Super 1 Foods store.

"We've got stores all over Texas," said Bruce Smith, acting CEO, chief operating officer and chief financial officer at corporate headquarters in Savannah, Georgia.

He said the store will occupy a 12,000-square-foot building and have from 10 to 12 employees.

"We are bigger than the dollar stores" but not as big as other clothing stores, Smith said.

Citi Trends says its buyers pick merchandise from more than 1,800 vendors.

The company operates distribution centers in Darlington, South Carolina, and Roland, Oklahoma, along with buying offices in New York City and Los Angeles.

The company operates 545 stores in 31 states and has approximately 5,600 employees. Other area store locations include Marshall, Tyler, Shreveport, Nacogdoches, Texarkana and Lufkin.

It has been publicly traded since May 2015, with its stock trading on the Nasdaq exchange.

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Gilmer eatery expands

The former Pizza Pan in Gilmer has been renamed and moved to a larger location.

Mike and Debbie Little and their son Casey moved Open Range to 367 State 155 N. from the former location at 1372 State 154 W.

The family restaurant has expanded from a 2,400-square-foot building to one that covers 8,400 square feet, Mike Little said.

"We've redone a big, old warehouse," he said. "Put in a stage here."

Little said his family renamed the restaurant because it diversified its menu beyond pizzas to include steaks and "just a full menu."

Open Range also serves domestic, local craft and some imported beers along with local wines, Little said.

It offers live entertainment every weekend and karaoke on Fridays, he said. It also has eight flat-screen TVs.

The restaurant has a seating capacity of 225 people and has from 25 to 30 employees.

Business hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.. Monday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday.

Booshay's set to open

Booshay's Bayou Cafe has scheduled a soft opening for Wednesday in the former Bootlegger Grill at 1217 McCann Road, kitchen manager Dustin Edmonds said.

Edmonds, son of part-owner Brett Edmonds, said the soft opening will be from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Brett Edmonds and business partner Chad Armstrong have been working to open a restaurant serving Cajun dishes that include jambalaya, etoufee, chicken and sausage gumbo, fried catfish and oysters. It also will have an oyster bar.

Booshay's will be open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Job fair Tuesday

The News-Journal and have scheduled their first job fair of the year from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Exhibit Building at the Longview Fairgrounds, 1123 Jaycee Drive.

Eleven employers were signed up to participate as of Thursday morning, said Gai Bennett, News-Journal events specialist. They are the News-Journal, Public Safety Communications of the city of Longview, Community HealthCore, Fesco, Robroy, Jean Simpson Staffing, University Health, Texas State Technical College, Master Wood Craft, East Texas Treatment Facility and Orgill. More employers were expected to sign by early this week.

The event provides opportunities for job seekers to meet with prospective employers and arrange to schedule in-person interviews.

Job seekers are advised to dress professionally and bring copies of their resumes.

Quickcare reopens

Longview Regional Medical Center has reopened the Quickcare Clinic at 2021 W. Loop 281 three weeks after it closed during the transition from being part of Diagnostic Clinic of Longview.

A grand reopening is scheduled from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 15.

The event will feature free cholesterol and blood-pressure checks and glucose screenings, along with light snacks, giveaways and door prizes.

— 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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