Baskin's, H-E-B, Buffalo Wild Wings shaking things up in Lufkin

Gary Williams
Gary Williams
Moniece Shead
Moniece Shead

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - By Holley Nees - email

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - While Baskin's Department Store started business in its new location at Lufkin Mall on Friday, a spokesperson at the Family Crisis Center confirmed they planned on opening a thrift store in the old Baskin's location.

The Family Crisis Center of East Texas, formerly known as the Women's Shelter, is accepting clothing donations to stock in the thrift store.

Baskin's is taking over the old Circuit City store in the mall.

"We love it out here, we feel like we're out here in the retail hub now, South Lufkin is the retail hub of Angelina County and that's where we want to be," said Gary Williams, Baskin's store manager.

Baskin's isn't the only retail outlet too big for it's building. A bigger H-E-B grocery store is opening June 16, across the street from the old one.

"As our customer base evolves, it's a way H-E-B needs to start expanding and giving our customers a little bit more room as well as bringing new products and different selections into the community," said Moniece Shead, assistant manager.

As for Buffalo Wild Wings, the restaurant chain plans to move into a location behind Cheddar's in the Garden District near the Tulane Drive-loop intersection. The business is seeking a special use permit and the city council will discuss granting one for a restaurant with a private club in a meeting on Tuesday.

All news that's welcome after a rough 2009.

"There's been some tough economic times, but our business is good right now, it's booming and we just want to be out here where it's happening out here closer to these stores that are closer to more along our level and our competitors," Williams said.

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