Business Beat: Gilmer Road Walmart store to add online ordering, pickup

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The Walmart store at 2440 N. Gilmer Road in Longview is adding online ordering and pickup, a service the nation’s largest retailer began offering earlier this year at its stores across the U.S. It was rolled out this spring at the company’s stores at Fourth Street and Loop 281 in Longview and 1201 Stone St. in Kilgore.

The system allows customers to place orders via a smartphone application or online at walmart.com, choose a pickup time and their store. Personal shoppers fill the order, and when the customer arrives at the store, he goes to reserved parking spaces and calls a designated number to alert a store associate. The associate retrieves the prepared order and loads it into the customer’s car.

According to a request for a building plan review filed with the Longview Development Services Department, the Gilmer Road Walmart is planning a $116,000 project to add the service there. No contractor was named on the request, which was filed by Polo Padilla, an administrator with Dallas-based RHA Architects. Padilla could not be reached for comment Friday.

Downtown self storage

A Green Street site just south of Marshall Avenue will be the home of a new self-storage business, according to information filed with the city of Longview.

A site plan by Johnson & Pace Inc. was issued for review in late July for Woolley Self Storage at 515 N. Green St., just south of Advance Auto Parts. The plan envisions a total of 19 self-storage units at the north and south ends of the site, which was cleared and prepared for construction within the past year. It also shows a 14,775-square-foot building at the center of the project.

The entrance to the business, which is being developed by Woolbros Properties LLC of Longview, would be off Green Street.

Green St. building

A site is being prepared for a building just west of Green Street north of Marshall Avenue.

According to documents filed with the City of Longview, attorney Steve Kattner is planning a 2,400-square-foot building at the location, which is just north of Church’s Chicken.

Kattner could not be reached Friday afternoon for comment.

Drilling permits jump

The Railroad Commission of Texas issued 49 permits for drilling in July in its East Texas region centered around Kilgore. That was up from 14 during July 2016.

The total included 24 permits for new oil or gas wells and another 24 for re-completions of well bores in the region.

Statewide, the commission said, it issued a total of 1,011 drilling permits in July, up from 631 a year ago. The total included 893 permits to drill new oil or gas wells, 10 to re-enter plugged well bores and 108 for re-completions.

The breakdown of well types for permits issued last month included 273 oil, 77 gas, 601 oil or gas, 53 injection, zero service and seven other permits.

According to a weekly report from Baker Hughes Inc., the Texas rig count as of Friday was 459, representing about half of all active rigs in the U.S. That was down seven from the week ended Aug. 4 and almost exactly double the year-ago count of 230.

Across the U.S., 949 rigs were standing Friday, down five from a week earlier.

Taco Cabana celebrates

Taco Cabana, the San Antonio-based Mexicanfast food chain that opened its first Longview store earlier this summer on East Loop 281, is celebrating its grand opening from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday.

The restaurant, in a location formerly occupied by Carls Jr., employs about 60 people. It opened after the company spent about $600,000 remodeling the former burger store. Carl’s Jr. closed in late 2015.

Taco Cabana is at 411 A E. Loop 281, in front of Home Depot.

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