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Karina Ramirez: Movie Trading Co. moving into Colorado Square

Movie Trading Co., which buys, sells and trade video games, music, movies and more, has leased 13,084 square feet of retail space at Colorado Square. It will be the company’s first Denton location.

Movie Trading Co. will join Conn’s, Staples and Party City, a news release said. The business will occupy the former Hastings location, 2311 Colorado Blvd. Hastings closed its book, music and video store in August.

Blake Shipp with the commercial retail division of The Weitzman Group handled negotiations as exclusive leasing agent for the shopping center.

Movie Trading Co. is the Texas division of Vintage Stock and has many locations throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

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The Texas Woman’s University Enactus team had a successful national competition, placing as first runner-up in the opening round of the national competition and being named national finalist in the Walmart Women’s Economic Empowerment competition held May 21-23 in Kansas City, Mo.

It was the first time the TWU team was named runner-up in a national competition.

Enactus team member Tiana Fenno said in a news statement that her favorite part of the competition was seeing the impact the organization has all over the world.

“We are all there competing, but at the end of the day we are all winners. This club and its members have changed lives and made the world a better place,” she wrote. “There’s no better feeling than that.”

TWU Enactus competition team members are:

Tiana Fenno, a fashion merchandising major from Lubbock.

Stephanie Avila, a business administration/accounting major from Denton.

Sandra Gonzales, a business administration major from Denton.

Lauren Hoebee, a business administration/management major from Denton.

Jessica Mensah, a fashion merchandising major from Frisco.

Maria Reyes, a child development major from Dickinson.

Lacey Rodriguez, a business administration major from Sherman.

Christian Terry, a business administration/management major from Lewisville.

The group’s sponsor is Dr. David Rylander, a professor of marketing and business, and the advisory team president is Sherrie Taylor, TWU lecturer emerita.

There are a total of 535 active Enactus teams across the country, of which 155 competed at the national competition.

Enactus, formerly known as SIFE, is a student organization that empowers people in need by applying business, economic concepts and an entrepreneurial approach to improve their quality of life and standard of living, according to its Facebook page.

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A new Firestone Complete Auto Care opened at 4151 FM2181 in Corinth on Friday.

The new location includes 10 service bays.

Susan Steeno, a spokeswoman with Bridgestone Retail Operations LLC, said in an e-mail that 11 employees were hired in full-time positions.

The store manager is Jeremy Kaplan, according to the company’s website.

Headquartered in Bloomingdale, Ill., Firestone Complete Auto Care is part of Bridgestone Retail Operations, which operates the largest network of company-owned automotive service providers, with more than 2,200 tire and vehicle service centers across the United States.

Store hours are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

For more information, call 940-220-7888.


The city of Denton issued the following certificates of occupation in May:

Caged Tomato, garden designers, 2301 N. Masch Branch Road., Suite 208.

Fairways at University, apartment complex, 1820 N. Ruddell St., Buildings 2-8.

Fairways at University, apartment complex, 1824 N. Ruddell St., Buildings 1-5.

Fairways at University, apartment complex, 1910 Ruddell St., Buildings 1-6.

Fairways at University, apartment complex, 1920 N. Ruddell St., Buildings 1-7.

Lone Star Chemical, plastic resin distributor, 1805 Hinkle Drive, Suite 100.

Rainbow Restoration of Denton, cleaning service, 3737 Mingo Road, Suite 104.

Home improvement tools are likely to sell more this year for Father’s Day than automotive accessories and clothing, according to the research firm IBISWorld Inc.

Additionally, dining out and watching sporting events will also account for the biggest share of Father’s Day activities, the firm said.

Projected spending for Father’s Day will reach $13.2 billion, a 2.1 percent increase from 2012, the firm said in a news statement.

Employment opportunity

J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc. announced this week the company is hiring more than 100 licensed commercial drivers in the Dallas-Fort Worth area for dedicated and intermodal jobs.

In a news statement, senior director of corporate driver personnel Stan Hampton said the company is projected to grow in the Dallas-Fort Worth area in the next few years.

“We’re looking to fill a multitude of career positions in the D-FW area and are offering more opportunities and career paths than ever before with great pay, home time and benefits to fit every lifestyle,” he said.

J.B. Hunt Transport Services is one of the largest transportation logistics companies in North America, providing service to customers in the U.S., Canada and Mexico, according to its website.

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Coming up

Attorney Doug Uloth will answer questions about how to avoid getting in a legal battle, the real cost of litigation, what to be aware of in a contract and other topics at the North Central Texas College Small Business Development Center business breakfast meeting at 7:15 a.m. Tuesday at the Denton Chamber of Commerce, 414 W. Parkway St.

For more information, call 940-380-1849.

The Lake Cities Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheon will take place at 11:30 am. Tuesday at Angelina’s Restaurant, 1400 N. Corinth Parkway in Corinth. Cost is $15 for members with reservations and $20 for non-members and attendees who show up at the door.

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For more information, contact Melissa Cox with the Lake Cities Chamber of Commerce at 940-497-3097 or e-mail

KARINA RAMÍREZ can be reached at 940-566-6878 and via Twitter at @KarinaFRamirez.