Longview-based Big 5 Tire & Auto Service has expanded to Tyler.
Big 5 opened its sixth outlet overall and first in Tyler earlier this month at the former McKain Automotive at 1225 E. Fifth St., across the street from Tyler Junior College, said Emily Langley, office manager and daughter-in-law of Big 5 founder Fred Langley.
“It’s always been a dream to keep growing and being able to serve not only Longview but the surrounding towns,” she said.
Her brother-in-law, Cody Langley, helped start the Tyler shop. Scott Coffman, who managed the automotive department for Sears in Tyler before it closed, is the manager.
McKain, who was in business for more than 20 years, has stayed on as a mechanic at Big 5 in Tyler, Langley said.
Langley’s father-in-law opened the first tire shop in 1992 at 301 W. Tyler St. in Longview, and the company’s name springs from those early days. He has said he chose Big 5 as the name because he started with five employees. It added a location at 1701-A NW Loop 281 in 1994, 2019 S. Mobberly Ave. in 1996, 1104 E. Pinecrest Drive in Marshall in November 2015 and the fifth location at 1016 W. Marshall Ave. in October 2017.
The Tyler store is open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays and 7 a.m. to noon Saturday.
Barksdale grand opening
Barksdale Federal Credit Union will mark the grand opening of its second location in Longview with refreshments, door prizes and more at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at 213 Skyline Drive.
Barksdale, based in Bossier City, Louisiana, hired McBride Builders Inc., also of Bossier City, to demolish a home at the address and replace it with a 3,100-square-foot building housing the credit union.
Barksdale entered the Longview market in late 2017 when it merged with the Amoco East Texas Credit Union at 1507 Pine Tree Road.
Barksdale was founded in 1954 to serve military and civilian workers at Barksdale Air Force Base in Bossier City, and says it now serves more than 1,000 companies, associations and churches. It has more than 20 branches, all but the Longview branches in Louisiana.
Catch closes, plans move
The Catch fish and seafood restaurant at 3012 W. Marshall Ave. closed this past Sunday after being in business for a year. The owners are considering another location, General Manager Manny Callejos said.
He said locations in both Marshall and Gilmer were being considered as new spots for one of the chain’s stores.
In the meantime, he said, the 12 employees of the shuttered restaurant will be absorbed at The Catch restaurants at 3312 N. Fourth St. in Longview and at 107 N. Kilgore St. in Kilgore.
“We are not making any major changes,” he said, but some menu shifts are in the offing. “We will be updating our menu choices on Fourth Street and we will be adding some menu items at the Kilgore location.”
Happy Cabbage opens
A grand opening featuring cupcakes and chocolate-covered strawberries as treats, a Gladewater Chamber of Commerce ribbon-cutting ceremony and tours are set for 1 p.m. Wednesday at The Happy Cabbage Shop, 113 N. Main St. in Gladewater.
The 4,000-square-foot shop, which opened Feb. 1, features vendors who sell collectibles, and offers art classes and workshops, manager Marissa Greentree said.
Glam Essentials launched
Latonya Marie Rossum, who sells cars as her main job, said she recently launched Glam Essentials out of her Longview home.
“Makeup is a passion for me,” she said. “It’s a makeup service.”
She also sells “bundles” of hair extensions.
Rossum said she markets her products through social media and to family and friends. Her plan is to grow the business and eventually expand to a storefront.
For more information, visit Glamunfiltered.setmore.com .