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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