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Future home of Wal-Mart

Tom Linehan

Construction on the new Wal-Mart at Northcross will get underway by end of year and completed in late summer 2010. According to Trey Salinas,
spokesperson for Wal-Mart in Austin, it will be the first of its kind
in Texas. What follows is a Q&A I had with Trey via email:

TL: Last I heard, the Wal-Mart going
in at Northcross was going to be 99,000 sf. Is that still the plan?

Trey: The Northcross store will be
97,915 sf‬.

TL: Do you have an elevation of the
planned store you can share with us?

Trey: We should have a final
rendering/elevation in the next couple of weeks. As soon as it is
ready I will get it to you.

TL: Can you tell me how the allocation
of the space will be split between grocery and general merchandise?

Trey: The current design has the
grocery at around 23,800 sf. 24% of total building.‬

TL: What will the hours of operation
be?‬

Trey: Open every day except between
the hours of 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. Extended store hours during seasonal events such as
Thanksgiving – Christmas holiday season and sales tax-free weekend. Option to
offer extended hours to match store hours of retail competitors over 45,000sf within 2
mile radius of Store. ‬

The 5350 Burnet Rd Mixed Use Development

5350 burnet rd photo1 Tom Linehan

The development at 5350 Burnet Rd is quickly taking shape. It is the project under construction just south of Arby's, on Burnet Road, formerly the location of the Antique Mall.  The Antique Mall is now in the HEB Shopping Center, next to Hang Town Grill. The mixed-used development, called 5350 Burnet Road, will be the first of its kind on Burnet Road. It's not something area residents are accustomed to. The Allandale Neighborhood Association's unsuccessfully tried to have it scaled back to minimize impact on traffic flow in the area when it went before the city council in 2007. One of the concerns is traffic backing up for people driving north while residents and shoppers of the development wait to turn left into it.

City Outreach

The following is a note posted to the Austin Neighborhoods Council listserve: Yesterday, the City of Austin launched several new initiatives to continue our effort to expand outreach and interaction with all of our residents. This includes a new e-mail listserve...

DPS warns of summer door-to-door alarm scams

The Texas Department of Public Safety is urging Texas residents to make
sure that any alarm salesperson, company or alarm installer that they
hire is licensed by the Private Security Bureau.

The Private Security Bureau has initiated investigations in Houston, San
Antonio, Dallas and Austin following reports that numerous unlicensed
salespersons, installers and companies have been aggressively marketing
their services to residents in those cities-primarily going door to door
in neighborhoods. DPS is working with the alarm industry trade
associations to investigate these claims, which generally increase in
the summertime.

Allandale t-shirts for sale

If you were unable to purchase a t-shirt at the parade, it is not too late to buy one now. The Allandale Neighborhood Association is selling the shirts for $15. There is a limited quantity. Sizes include: small, medium, large, and xlarge. They are 100% Hanes combed...