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yeah this is crazy!!! cant imagine this place being any bigger but wowsa!!! i cant wait as i go here fairly often! 

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Not sure how they can expand to much without eliminating some parking. 

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2 hours ago, gene said:

yeah this is crazy!!! cant imagine this place being in bigger but wowsa!!! i cant wait as i go here fairly often! 

 

I go there biweekly too! Amazing news!

 

Hopefully the remodel doesn't mess up (current) parking or ease of shopping.

 

Go Central Market!!

 

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yeah its definitely a mystery how they will expand but im all for it...and i hope it gets more of that Austin Whole Foods 6th street vibe...i do love coming here on the weekends for the music and the burgers btw...so yep, yay central market ;) !

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they're probably adding a mezzanine level for increased seating and expanding to where some of the current first floor seating is now including the patio area. they're fairly set back from westhiemer.

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that would be awesome but im talking about where in the heck are they putting 10,000 sq ft of actual store space unless you are saying they will take that existing seated space and make that store, then extend outdoor seating towards westheimer...then even better question are they going to smartly build a parking garage somehow, someway? maybe above the store haha!? 

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They should build over the parking. That would encourage walkability.

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Noticed a few things this morning while grocery shopping.  They (temporarily?) moved the lotion area in the Health & Beauty department. The left over shelving is old and gross! Surely these will go once the remodel furnishings take place? Hopefully they don't skimp on the budget for new shelving.  I understand once products hit the shelves again, the stains will hardly be noticeable, but they are still old and gross.

 

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They have a sign near the entry way about their $10 million renovation. This is the most official statement I've seen to date. Couldn't find a press release 5 days ago. Just the media outlets reporting it.

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I asked customer service the plans. She said the work will begin next weekend! The staff has known about the potential remodel for a 6 months but they were just told official details this past week. It was out of nowhere she said.

 

Spoke to another partner today. They mentioned it would be nice for the $10 million to trickle down into the wages of the employees. No pay increases or bonuses were given, (yet.)

 

Another partner was kind of criticizing the huge money investment. Saying Central Market could have opened 2+ more stores with $10 million.

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By the way, I used to work for an architecture firm near the Galleria.  I signed up to HAIF when I was employed with them.  It's been 6 years since I left the firm and I can't remember my registration email I used when creating my (original) account.  I probably used the company's email? Probably cannot retrieve my account information then. I'm not a complete noobie :P

 

I go to CM biweekly. Healthy eating and architecture are hobbies of mine so I'll be covering this thread a lot. Cheers!

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The most recent Houston Business Journal featured a story on the remodel.

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The (current) CM with a building rising in the background.  I'm not sure what building it is though. Probably one of those rising residential towers off of the West Loop? The Wilshire at River Oaks District? The Arabella? Any insight would be helpful!

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Construction indeed started this past weekend! A section of the parking lot near Westheimer Road is blocked off.

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A construction tag on the barricade fence indicates that SpawGlass is the contractor.

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I also hope they remodel the bathrooms to be fully automated. Touching things in public bathrooms is gross :P

A basic H-E-B in Meyerland was just remodeled after last year's flood. The bathroom is now completely touchless.  It's all sensor activated. If H-E-B did it for that store, I'm sure CM's remodel will be so much better (or equivalent.)

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^^^ @Twitter1 excellent update my friend.  there is a strong possibility that the development that you are questioning could be THE JAMES... a new 17 floor tower being constructed right beyond the tracks and close to ROD.  props for sharing....

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Hey thanks for the info about the Mid Lane project. Great news!

 

My weekly update:

 

Their wordage is always clever and perky!

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A new elevation render wraps the barricade. Again with their clever phrasing :P

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Energy bar area being worked on.

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Health & Beauty department.

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Spoke to a partner yesterday. Some news..

Health & Beauty department is taking over the floral refrigeration spot.

Beer & Wine department is getting low profile shelving.  Heard the low profile shelving has its positives and negatives.

The front of the store will be expanding 40' into the parking lot (if I understood that correctly.)

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i hope this expansion means more samples!!! :o:P

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Here are some cool shots.  I take photos multiple times a week but don't post them. Too many changes going on! :wub:

 

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CM <3

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Newly fabricated stairs inside the store.

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They added a elevated post to direct traffic and (maybe) hand out water.

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Something is going on with the front windows

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CM has recently started two fruit-infused water fountains. Free to the customer walking in.  Hopefully that stays and it's just not a hot summer thing. Exotic water fits Highland Village shopping experience.

 

It's CM's yearly Hatch Fest!!

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^^^ @Twitter1 props our good pal, for these generous CENTRAL MARKET illustrations!

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On 8/13/2016 at 1:11 AM, Twitter1 said:

Off topic.  Here's an H-E-B store in Austin, Texas

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Also off topic, but I hear that HEB is moving into the Dallas market.

 

On topic, I always thought this central market was on the smaller size compared to the one in Austin.  Glad to see it expand.

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Noticed this on Sunday. The brick and bike racks are new. Looks like a 2nd area for shopping carts as well.

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