State Farm hiring 1,500 employees, Fat Shack coming to Plano and more top news from Dallas-Fort Worth

State Farm Insurance operates a regional hub in the CityLine area of Richardson. (Courtesy State Farm)
State Farm Insurance operates a regional hub in the CityLine area of Richardson. (Courtesy State Farm)

State Farm Insurance operates a regional hub in the CityLine area of Richardson. (Courtesy State Farm)

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Richardson

State Farm hiring 1,500 new employees, including at regional hub in Richardson


State Farm Insurance announced plans May 11 to hire more than 1,500 claims employees, with many of those positions to be based at the company's regional hub in the CityLine development in Richardson.

Due to record growth for the company, State Farm is adding the new employees to help customers with claims, according to a news release.


Grapevine-Colleyville-Southlake

Here are five new retailers coming to Southlake Town Square this year

Ahead of the summer months, here are five new businesses and restaurants coming to Southlake Town Square this year.

Plano

Fat Shack coming soon to Plano

Fat Shack will open a new location this summer at 6205 Coit Road, Ste. 364, Plano. It will be the fifth Fat Shack in Texas and third in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

John Muns sworn in as Plano's newest mayor

Muns, who is a general partner with Muns Enterprises Inc., a venture capital and general investment company, has a long career of service in Plano. He has previously served on the city's Planning and Zoning Commission and on the board of trustees for Plano ISD.

Frisco

Frisco ISD to lift face mask requirement for schools starting June 1

Frisco ISD protocols for summer and fall classes will no longer require students and staff to wear face masks.

The news announced at the May 10 board of trustees meeting prompted cheers from dozens of attendees, several of whom spoke out at the meeting against the current mask requirement.

William C. Wadsack, Sandra Sadek, Erick Pirayesh and Valerie Wigglesworth contributed to this report.




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Frisco ISD budget for FY 2021-22 includes raises, free health clinic for staff

FISD staff will see raises and one-time stipends as well as access to a future, free health clinic.

Baylor Scott & White Medical Center-Frisco was recognized by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas for bariatric surgery excellence, the facility announced. (Courtesy Baylor Scott & White Medical Center-Frisco)
Baylor Scott & White Medical Center-Frisco earns designation for bariatric surgery

Baylor Scott & White Medical Center-Frisco was recognized for bariatric surgery excellence, the facility announced.

Wild Fork offers meat, including poultry and seafood, that is "blast frozen" at peak freshness. (Courtesy Wild Fork)
Wild Fork opens first Texas store in Frisco

Wild Fork offers meat, including poultry and seafood, that is "blast frozen" at peak freshness.

Construction has been ramping up in neighborhoods throughout Texas to meet the demand for housing. (Brian Rash/Community Impact Newspaper)
Experts discuss Texas' housing shortage during digital summit

Douglas Elliman Texas CEO Jacob Sudhoff said one trend from 2020 that has continued this year is tenants wanting to migrate from urban apartment developments to suburban homes.

COVID-19 had more real estate property owners consider how to bring the inside to the outside, experts said during the June 23 digital summit. (Courtesy Hub Streat)
Experts discuss COVID-19's effects on Texas real estate trends during digital summit

“The new normal is closer to the old normal than we thought it would be,” said Frank Mihalopoulos, the founder of Corinth Properties. “We lost a lot of businesses, and ... some restaurants are not even open all the hours that they had. We noticed some folks don’t even open in the evenings or on certain days for the longest time.”

Real estate investors and experts discuss the draw of Texas during the June 23 Bisnow Digital Summit. (Screenshot by Miranda Jaimes/Community Impact Newspaper)
Real estate experts discuss the draw to Texas in digital summit

Craig Hall, founder of the Hall Group, said his projects have him working with out-of-state city leaders, and it’s “refreshing” to work with Texas attitudes.

Dawn Rice is the owner of Write On! Creative Writing Center in Frisco. (Matt Payne/Community Impact Newspaper)
Write On! Creative Writing Center in Frisco gives all ages opportunity to hone skills

Rice said those who participate in the curriculum set at Write On! can get practice on many skills: writing short stories, poetry, essays and more.

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KickHouse will bring kickboxing to Frisco soon

Families, friends and kids alike can start kickboxing at KickHouse's Frisco location this summer.

The city of Frisco is in partnership with FISD and Hall Group to build a $67 million performing arts center at Hall Park. Development also includes a complimentary parking garage and 5-acre park linking the future facility with The Star in Frisco. (Matt Payne/Community Impact Newspaper)
Frisco City Council OKs refined agreement for performing arts center

The new agreement caps the main performance hall to 1,500 seats.

Gov. Greg Abbott announced a special legislative session will begin July 8. (Trent Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
Gov. Greg Abbott announces special legislative session to start July 8

Agenda items will be announced before the session begins, according to a release from the governor's office.

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Frisco ISD board approves agreement with city, Hall Group for performing arts center

The agreement outlines the public-private partnership among Frisco ISD, the city of Frisco and Hall Group to build a $67 million performing arts center at Hall Park.

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Rally House opens second Frisco store

Now sports fans in Frisco can choose from two different Rally House locations.