Amazon sets up shop in Central Texas; Milano Pizza coming to Cedar Park and more local news

Amazon will invest at least $250 million into the Pflugerville facility during its minimum 10-year lease agreement, according to an economic development performance agreement between the PCDC and Amazon. (Kelsey Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
Amazon will invest at least $250 million into the Pflugerville facility during its minimum 10-year lease agreement, according to an economic development performance agreement between the PCDC and Amazon. (Kelsey Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)

Amazon will invest at least $250 million into the Pflugerville facility during its minimum 10-year lease agreement, according to an economic development performance agreement between the PCDC and Amazon. (Kelsey Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)

Read the latest business and community news from Central Texas.

Round Rock-Pflugerville-Hutto

Strengthening Central Texas footprint, Amazon delivers facilities in Pflugerville, Round Rock

The Pflugerville facility is the latest in a series of Amazon sites that recently opened or are planned to open in Central Texas in 2021. Other Central Texas locations include a Round Rock delivery station that opened in September; a sortation center in Kyle that also opened in September; and an additional 1 million-square-foot fulfillment center scheduled to open in San Marcos in fall 2021.

WiseGuys—A Chicago Eatery serves up Windy City classics in Round Rock



From the outside, WiseGuys may be just a restaurant in Round Rock, owner Bill Nychay said. However, when guests step inside, they are transported to the quintessential sights, sounds and culture of Chicago, he said.

Free weekend meals extended to Round Rock ISD students for remainder of school year

All Round Rock ISD students now qualify for optional weekend meals for the duration of the 2020-21 academic year, RRISD announced in a January news release.

One Eleven East celebrates 5-year anniversary in Hutto and 2 other area business updates

One Eleven East has said "I do" to five years of business in Hutto.

Leander-Cedar Park

Milano Pizza coming soon to Cedar Park plus 2 more local business updates


Milano Pizza will soon open a second location in Cedar Park. The pizza restaurant, located at 251 N. Bell Blvd., Ste. 117, Cedar Park, will have dine-in, carryout and delivery services, according to its website.

San Marcos-Buda-Kyle

Bold Lines Tattoo Studio celebrates fifth anniversary in Kyle


Bold Lines Tattoo Studio celebrated its fifth anniversary Jan. 7. Located at 5500 FM 2770, Ste. 111, Kyle, The shop, previously known as Fine Line Tattoo, is known for tattoo artist Leche Main's custom bold line and floral work.

New Braunfels

How do you take it? A guide to local coffee shops in New Braunfels

Whether you take your coffee black, with plenty of cream and sugar, or somewhere in between, these nine area coffee shops have options to match a variety of caffeine preferences.

Lake Travis-Westlake

Taco Bell closes in West Lake Hills and more business news from the Lake Travis-Westlake area

Taco Bell permanently closed its location at 3201 Bee Caves Road, West Lake Hills, in January.

Metrowide

Austin Public Health to open vaccine registration to some Phase 1B recipients Jan. 13


Austin Public Health will open an online registration portal for coronavirus vaccine appointments Jan. 13 to begin distribution of a 12,000-dose shipment of vaccines allotted by the Texas Department of State Health Services.

Statewide

Houston-based Shipley Do-Nuts acquired by private investment firm affiliate

The acquisition of Houston-based Shipley Do-Nuts by an affiliate of the private investment firm Peak Rock Capital was completed Jan. 6, the firm announced in a statement.

Warren Brown, Olivia Aldridge, Amy Rae Dadamo, Taylor Girtman, Kelsey Thompson, Lauren Canterberry and Ben Thompson contributed to this report.



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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee recommended Johnson & Johnson’s one-shot vaccine for emergency authorization use Feb. 26. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine recommended for emergency authorization use by FDA

This is the third COVID-19 vaccine that has been approved for emergency authorization use after those produced by pharmaceutical company Pfizer and biotechnology company Moderna.

Full-time staff would receive a $500 allotment for personal protective equipment, while part-time employees would be given a one-time $250 payment. (Screenshot courtesy Pflugerville ISD)
Pflugerville ISD approves one-time PPE, vaccine incentive stipends for staff

Full-time staff would receive a $500 allotment for personal protective equipment, while part-time employees would be given a one-time $250 payment.

A new Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine could help expand vaccination availability in Travis County, according to local health officials. (Courtesy Pexels)
Johnson & Johnson vaccine could mean additional supply, easier distribution rollout in Travis County

If approved, the Johnson & Johnson vaccine will be a valuable weapon against the ongoing pandemic, according to local health officials.

Hutto Fire Rescue received the 2020 Achievement of Excellence in Fire Prevention Award. (Megan Cardona/Community Impact Newspaper)
Hutto Fire Rescue recognized for excellence in fire prevention

Hutto Fire Rescue was awarded the 2020 Achievement of Excellence in Fire Prevention Award

Snow covers I-45 in Houston during a winter storm that hit Texas the night of Feb. 14. (Shawn Arrajj/Community Impact Newspaper)
Legislators probe energy officials over power failures, lack of preparation heading into winter storm

The Texas Legislature held hearings Feb. 25 with energy companies including Oncor Electric Delivery and the Electric Reliability Council of Texas in response to last week’s historic winter storm, which left millions of Texans without electricity for days.

Jo's Coffee opened a North Austin location in January. (Courtesy Chad Wadsworth)
Jo's Coffee opens in Central Austin; new restaurant coming to Georgetown Square and more Central Texas news

Read the latest business and community news from the Central Texas area.

Here is everything you need to know about Williamson County’s COVID-19 vaccine plan. (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper)
Here is everything you need to know about Williamson County’s COVID-19 vaccine plan

Here is a breakdown of what happened, how decisions were made and how vaccine distribution is moving forward in Williamson County.

The Pflugerville Community Development Corp. received the annual Economic Excellence award for 2020 by the Texas Economic Development Corp. (Kelsey Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
Pflugerville Community Development Corp. awarded for economic excellence in seventh consecutive year

The Pflugerville Community Development Corp. was awarded for its economic excellence during the Texas Economic Development Corp.'s 2021 Legislative Conference.

Just over a week after Winter Storm Uri hit Texas and left millions without water, heat and power, members of Pflugerville City Council addressed the crisis Feb. 23 and the need for state accountability moving forward. (Screenshot courtesy city of Pflugerville)
'This didn't need to happen': Following Winter Storm Uri, Pflugerville seeks answers from state

Just over a week after Winter Storm Uri hit Texas and left millions without water, heat and power, members of Pflugerville City Council addressed the crisis Feb. 23 and the need for state accountability moving forward.

As many as 31 stores across nine states will be shuttered as Fry's Electronics shuts down due to market changes and the pandemic. (Courtesy Qygen, Wikimedia Commons)
Fry's Electronics calls it quits after nearly 36 years in business

As many as 31 stores across nine states will be shuttered as Fry's Electronics shuts down due to market changes and the pandemic.

A lone runner jogs on a snow-covered road in Austin. Transportation projects across the city were briefly paused due to Winter Storm Uri. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
ERCOT: Texas power system was less than 5 minutes from collapse during winter storm

ERCOT's CEO offered details into what led to the massive blackouts that left millions of Texans in the cold last week.