Dawn Cobb: Cross Roads welcomes new Walmart this week

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Cross Roads welcomed a new Walmart Supercenter this week at 11700 U.S. Highway 380, providing the 380 Corridor with a new shopping venue for merchandise, food, pharmaceutical supplies and more.

The opening also included $8,000 in grants from Walmart and the Walmart Foundation to several local community groups and entities, including the Aubrey Area Library, Aubrey Fire Department, Chavez Elementary School, H.L. Brockette Elementary School, Monaco Elementary School and the Krugerville Police Department.

The store also will participate in the company’s $2 billion commitment to fight hunger in America, according to a news release.

With an estimated 300 full-time and part-time employees, the new store is also providing employment opportunities, according to a news release. Walmart stores in Texas donated approximately 43.7 million pounds of food in fiscal year 2013 or the equivalent of 36.4 million meals. Additionally, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation gave more than $86.2 million in fiscal year 2013 in Texas alone.

The store manager, Tony Quintero, is a familiar name in the area. He began his career with Walmart in 1996 as a cart pusher at the Sulphur Springs store. Denton residents know him as the former manager of the Walmart store on South Loop 288.

Walmart invites Cross Roads shoppers to share its in-store experience on Facebook and Twitter by using #MyNewWalmart. Visit the My Local Walmart Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/walmart5707. Fans of the local page can receive information about rollbacks, in-store events, meal solutions and more.

Walmart has more than 10,800 stores in 27 countries, reporting fiscal year 2013 sales of approximately $466 billion and an employment base of more than 2.2 million worldwide.

Denton is among the top retirement destinations listed in Where to Retire, a magazine geared toward helping people with retirement relocation decisions.

The city is one of eight profiled in the “8 Novel Destinations: Literary Locales to Love” feature in the November/December issue, available nationwide on Tuesday.

Where to Retire Managing Editor Annette Fuller, former managing editor at the Denton Record-Chronicle, said in a news release that the eight towns, including Denton, appeal to retirees who seek an environment steeped in culture and history.

Fuller noted Denton’s enriching arts community, works by famed area authors such as Larry McMurtry, and the opportunities for writing seminars and other cultural events that help retirees seeking creative inspiration.

Other literary locales featured include Oxford, Miss.; Taos, N.M.; Nashville, Tenn.; Hannibal, Mo.; Amherst, Maine; Greensboro, N.C.; and Key West, Fla.

Each year, 700,000 Americans relocate to new towns to retire, according to the news release. Generally, relocating retirees are healthier, better educated and more affluent than those who choose to not relocate. They bring significant economic benefits to their new states and hometowns. Nationally, two dozen states and hundreds of towns seek to attract retirees as a source of economic development.

Cinemark is offering its next film in its Classics Series today with the 1967 Academy Award-winning Bonnie and Clyde starring Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway. The digitally restored movie is scheduled to play at 2 p.m., followed by two separate show times at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Hailed by many as the film that let loose violence in American cinema, Bonnie and Clyde features dynamic performances by Beatty and Dunaway, Gene Hackman and, in her Oscar-winning Best Supporting Actress role, Estelle Parsons. Cinematographer Burnett Guffey also received an Academy Award for his work on the film. Bonnie and Clyde was nominated for 10 Oscars, according to the news release.

Individual tickets for Cinemark’s Classics Series are now available at www.cinemark.com or at the participating theater box office. A bundled ticket option for the October and November films will also be available for $30 for all six movies. For a full list of participating Cinemark locations, advance ticket purchases and showtime information go to the Cinemark website.

Upcoming films include: The Matrix at 2 p.m. Oct. 20 and 2 p.m., 7 p.m. Oct. 23; The Shining, 2 p.m. Oct. 27 and 2 p.m., 7 p.m. Oct. 30; Dirty Harry at 2 p.m. Nov. 3 and 2 p.m., 7 p.m. Nov. 6; Risky Business at 2 p.m. Nov. 10 and 2 p.m., 7 p.m. Nov. 13 and JFK at 2 p.m. Nov. 17 and 2 p.m., 7 p.m. Nov. 20.

Flower Mound’s newest restaurant, Mellow Mushroom, and newest business, CustomInk, a customizable apparel e-commerce company, are expected to open soon.

Mellow Mushroom will open a 5,500-square-foot pizzeria in the River Walk Market specializing in gourmet pizzas, salads, appetizers, hot sandwiches and craft beer. CustomInk will open its first central U.S. location in Flower Mound’s Lakeside Business District.

U-Haul equipment rentals and moving supplies are now available at Sanger Hardware, located at 620 S. Stemmons Freeway, according to a news release. Sanger Hardware owner Bobby Jones has been operating his store since 2011.

Jones said the new offerings are an opportunity to add supplemental income to his business and provide more convenient services to Sanger residents.

For more information, or to rent moving equipment, call 940-458-0693. Business hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Coming up

With the Heart Hospital Baylor Denton opening in the next few months, officials are offering an opportunity to learn more about available health care careers at a special event from 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Hilton Garden Inn at 3110 Colorado Blvd.

The hospital is currently recruiting CVOR, CVICU, ED, Cath and EP lab registered nurses, cardiovascular invasive specialists, a respiratory therapist and medical technologists.

To RSVP, e-mail Tracy Fletcher at tracyfl@baylorhealth.edu. For more information on careers that are offered, visit www.baylorhealthjobs.com/events.

The Argyle Chamber of Commerce breakfast meeting at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday will feature guest speaker Kimberly McCary, judge of Denton County Court No. 1, which handles juvenile cases. The $15 luncheon at the Denton Country Club, 1213 Country Club Drive in Argyle, is being sponsored by PointBank.

Congrats

Tom C. Nichols, chairman of the board, and Tony R. Clark, president and chief executive officer at Northstar Bank of Texas, announced the opening of their 16th banking center, at Interstate 30 and Lamar Street in Arlington.

The location will be the third in Tarrant County, joining locations in Grapevine and Colleyville. Headquartered in Denton, Northstar Bank is expected to continue looking at future opportunities to expand in Tarrant County, according to a news release.

Leading the team in the new market area will be Matthew L. Steward, as Tarrant County president. He will be joined by Bobby Clark, senior vice president/lending; and Brenda Via, banking center operations manager.

Steward holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Midwestern State University, and completed the SMU Graduate School of Banking as well as the University of Oklahoma’s ABA National Commercial Lending School. He has more than 30 years in the banking industry and has worked in the Arlington banking market since 2002.

Clark is a lifelong Arlington area resident, and has been in banking for almost 10 years in the Arlington, Bedford and Southlake markets. Clark holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and management from the University of Texas at Arlington and completed the SMU Cox Executive MBA Program, Sales Fundamentals Certification Program.

Via, an Arlington native, has more than 30 years of local banking experience including administration, operations, lending and loan administration that she brings to the team.

Northstar Bank also recently broke ground in Flower Mound, which will represent its 17th location in early 2014. The opening of the Arlington location Oct. 1 gives Northstar 11 locations in Denton and Northeast Tarrant counties and five additional locations in the Austin and Marble Falls areas. Northstar Bank of Texas is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Carlile Bancshares, Inc, headquartered in Fort Worth. Their asset size is now more than $1.1 billion.

For the fifth straight year, Northstar Bank was named as one of the Best Companies to Work for in Texas for the year 2013. Northstar Bank also has been listed in the Top 10 companies from 2009-13 by Texas Monthly magazine.

Dawn Cobb can be reached at 940-566-6879 or via e-mail at dcobb@dentonrc.com.


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