New rush of construction at mall

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Mi Casita’s former location at the corner of Interstate 35E and Loop 288 outside Golden Triangle Mall is demolished Wednesday.
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Two new restaurants will go up after two buildings come down

The quick demolition of Mi Casita this week is the first step to Golden Triangle Mall’s outdoor update this summer.

While Mi Casita’s mall location was demolished to make room for the Interstate 35E expansion by the Texas Department of Transportation, the work will start a wave of demolition and construction that will bring two new restaurants to exterior buildings at the mall, said Matt Ludemann, mall manager.

“Mi Casita being removed is just part of the overall cleanup of the property, since it was affected by the TxDOT expansion,” Ludemann said.

In the coming weeks, demolition is expected to begin at Grandy’s, the site where Corner Bakery Cafe will be located. Construction of the 3,600-square-foot space will start soon after and should wrap up toward the end of the year.

Also in the next few weeks, construction is expected to begin for Pollo Tropical, a Caribbean-inspired restaurant featuring grilled chicken and regional sides such as plantains. The 4,000-square-foot building will be next to Chase Bank in front of Barnes & Noble Booksellers.

Corner Bakery is expected to open late this fall or in early winter, while Pollo Tropical could open in August.

Inside, renovations are underway at J.C. Penney and the newest retailer, Zumiez, is set to open today, Ludemann said.

Zumiez, which specializes in various brands of activewear for skating and snow sports, will open in a 2,700-square-foot space across from other teen-targeted stores including Buckle, Body Central and Charlotte Russe.

As for Mi Casita, the local business still has its main downtown location on Carroll Boulevard and Mi Casita Express on University Drive.

JENNA DUNCAN can be reached at 940-566-6889 and via Twitter at @JennaFDuncan.

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