The Alamo Drafthouse in North Richland Hills was recognized by the Fort Worth Star Telegram as one of the top four business openings in 2019 in North Texas.
Looking back at some of the biggest business openings of 2019 in North Texas
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
DECEMBER 30, 2019
Editor’s note: We changed this story to reflect that there is no timetable yet for the H-E-B Mansfield location.
This past year was a busy one, especially for business. With hundreds of people moving into North Texas daily, it means new businesses are popping up almost at the same rate, and 2019 saw some exciting developments for all of us.
In April of 2019, the city of Hudson Oaks was blessed with the opening of a new H-E-B grocery store. It was the result of 12 years of partnership and negotiation between the company and the city. Patrick Lawler, the city administrator for Hudson Oaks, said the process of coaxing an H-E-B to open was a long one, but he was always confident the city’s patience would pay off.
If you’re asking yourself, “When the heck is H-E-B coming to Fort Worth?” there is some hope that the company is zeroing in. There are plans for a store to open in Mansfield. When it happens, you can bet it’ll make an appearance in this column again.
If you started 2019 thinking Amazon would remain a dominant player in retail, you would be right -- but you probably didn’t expect it to also take the brick-and-mortar world by storm. In November, Amazon opened its sixth 4-star location in Frisco at Stonebriar Centre. The 4,500-square-foot store offers a variety of products that are all rated four stars or higher on the Amazon website. Product offerings are rotated, and you can also find a variety of trending products across all categories, including home and kitchen items, kids’ toys and games, electronics and more.
At face value, Amazon opening a physical store can seem baffling. This is the same company that brought down the likes of Toys R Us, Payless and countless other longtime retail brands by aggressively pushing its online business model. But Amazon’s director of physical stores, Drew Sheriff, said there are some limitations to an online business model, including the fact that sometimes people just want to interact with the things they’re buying. And it seems to be a welcome trend. When we first wrote about the opening, our readership everywhere expressed massive excitement, so it seems that Amazon is getting something right.
It happened. It finally happened. North Richland Hills finally got a movie theater, which residents had been begging for for ages. And not just any movie theater -- they got an Alamo Drafthouse. Alamo Drafthouse is the Austin-based movie theater chain known for its dine-in menu and its belief that movie disruption is a crime worthy of beheading. OK, not really, but they’ll kick you out if you talk during a movie, and that policy is enough to make the most serious cinephile fall in love. It also doesn’t hurt that the bar also offers boozy milkshakes.
After seven years of planning and anticipation, Alamo Drafthouse North Richland Hills opened in late April, just in time for the biggest movie of the year: “Avengers: Endgame.” Since then, the movie theater has celebrated the opening of other highly anticipated movies, including “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” and “Frozen 2.”
OK, so this one is less of an opening and more of a business trend. CBD, a compound derived from the hemp plant, cousin to the marijuana plant, blew up in 2019, and nowhere was this fact more apparent than in North Texas. In January of 2019, Keller saw the opening of Your CBD Store, and that was just the beginning. More stores popped up around the area, selling the medicinal cannabis oil. And it didn’t stop there: CBD is used in everything from massages to food additives. In fact, Edible Arrangements started offering a line of CBD-infused chocolates in its stores in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
The fact that it wasn’t even technically legal in Texas for half of the year didn’t stop consumers or producers from buying and selling the stuff. Though most CBD products contain little to no THC (the compound in marijuana that causes the high), it was still illegal in Texas until the legislature legalized it during its 2019 session.
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