DENTON December 2016
The Ins-N-Outs of 2016
Photos by Barron Ludlum
In-N-Out Burger is under construction at Rayzor Ranch Town Center.
Denton’s top business stories all about hello, goodbye By Jenna Duncan | Staff Writer enton’s business scene continued to evolve in 2016 with notable closures and openings further diversifying the local economy and changing the business landscape. Some major projects started in 2016, such as the Buc-ee’s travel center and WinCo distribution center, won’t be completed until 2017. Others finally got on the ground, like Rayzor Ranch Town Center starting to host businesses on West University Drive after years of planning. Here’s a recap of some of the biggest business news of the past year.
Saying farewell to longtime businesses
Owner Michael Zampino closed El Guapo’s on son Peter’s 16th birthday to spend more time with his family. He ran the business for 12 years.
El Guapo’s, Popo & Lupe Hair Styling Center and Davis Purity Bakery closed their doors for good in 2016, with Weldon’s Saddle Shop & Western Wear to follow next month. Popo & Lupe’s closed in March, after 47 years in business. While Emilio “Popo” Gonzalez stopped cutting hair in 2003, Lupe saw her last clients March 25. The business meant more than a haircut or style to the Hispanic community in Denton. Popo frequently helped translate Spanish to English
Firehouse Subs and Kung Fu Tea are moving in next to Great Clips, Sleep Number and Chipotle at Rayzor Ranch Town Center. for the city and jail, and brought the first Spanish Mass to Denton in their parking lot. Popo still ministers to inmates at the Denton County Jail, and both are still active at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church even though Popo has retired as a deacon. They helped work with the city and community to set up a day labor site across the street from their salon and home, said Rudy Rodriguez, a spokesman for the Denton chapter of the League of United Latin Amer-
ican Citizens. Day laborers looking for odd jobs — mostly Hispanic men — gather at the pavilion at the corner of Collins Street and Fort Worth Drive, waiting for employers to stop and pick them up. Davis Purity Bakery closed its doors in late July, when longtime owner Don Davis decided to retire and shut down the 63-year-old business. 2016 | CONTINUED ON PAGE 6
Trump’s signals mixed on infrastructure By Joan Lowy | AP
By Jenna Duncan | Staff Writer The candy shops in Denton now reach beyond the of the Square and mall: Du Pop In Popcorn & Candy Co. is now open. The shop at 2430 S. Interstate 35E features candy and 60 flavors of homemade popcorn. It replaced O’Philly Cheesesteak
Heaven, which closed in the fall. A new doggie day care facility is open in Highland Village: Dogtopia at 1830 Justin Road. Currently you can drop off your pup if you sign up for the founders package — two weeks of day care. Its grand opening DUNCAN | CONTINUED ON PAGE 11
WASHINGTON — It’s not at all clear that President-elect Donald Trump’s plans to spend massively on infrastructure are going to unfold as he promised. Trump made rebuilding the nation’s aging roads, bridges and airports very much part of his job-creation strategy in the presidential race. But lately lobbyists have begun to fear that there won’t be an infrastructure proposal at all, or at least not the grand plan they’d been led to expect. From the day he entered the presidential race to the moment he declared victory, Trump pledged an infrastructure renewal. He cited decaying bridges, potholed roads and airports like New York’s LaGuardia that he said reminded him of the third world. Trump or his campaign also mentioned schools, hospitals, pipelines, water treatment plants and the electrical grid as part of a job-creation strategy
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Construction on the new Tappan Zee Bridge rises above the current bridge, as seen Nov. 2 from Tarrytown, N.Y. that would make the U.S. “second to none.” It was a rare area in which House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and other Democrats hoped for common ground with the president-elect. The
possibility of a major infrastructure spending plan is one of several factors that have fueled the recent run-up in TRUMP | CONTINUED ON PAGE 10