11-acre project takes shape in Grapevine: Developer aims to attract more retail options

(Graphic by Ellen Jackson/Community Impact Newspaper)
(Graphic by Ellen Jackson/Community Impact Newspaper)

(Graphic by Ellen Jackson/Community Impact Newspaper)

Image description
(Graphic by Ellen Jackson/Community Impact Newspaper)
Image description
(Graphic by Ellen Jackson/Community Impact Newspaper)
Image description
(Graphic by Ellen Jackson/Community Impact Newspaper)
Construction is moving forward on the first pieces of an estimated $31 million project called Grapevine Station North.

Chris Leighton, a broker for Westwood Real Estate Development, said he envisions the project attracting more retail and restaurants to the corner of SH 26 and Ruth Wall Road.

“I don’t know how many towns of 50,000 people have a billion-dollar corridor, but Grapevine does and we happen to be at that intersection in a big way,” he said.

In addition to bringing more traffic to the north side of Grapevine, officials said the development should address another resident demand: having a place closer to home to buy groceries.

"They see the same need that we do, which is to get some fresh produce and some other kinds of things available for people,” said Bob Farley, Grapevine Economic Development director.


Once finished, the project will include small offices, retail and restaurants. The anchor will be the Texas Best Smokehouse travel center. There will be eight buildings total, in addition to a car wash as part of the travel center.

Developing office and retail

Grapevine Station North adds more than 11 acres to the original Grapevine Station development on the south side of SH 26.

More than 3 acres of Grapevine Station North have been set aside for the Texas Best Smokehouse travel center, where groceries will be sold. Another 7.5 acres will be used for single-story buildings for retail, medical office and restaurant uses.

No specific companies have been announced, as leases are still in progress, Leighton said. However, he said the site will be developed so that offices are in the back part of the property with retail stores closer to Northwest Highway.

Developers and city officials likened the Texas Best Smokehouse to a smaller version of Buc-ee’s, a popular Texas gas station. Like Buc-ee’s, the Texas Best Smokehouse will sell a variety of products, such as jerky, jarred products, snacks, Texas wines, home goods and clothing.

Construction on the store will cost an estimated $11 million, owner Nasser Safa said. The store is expected to generate $8 million in sales each year, he said.

“We are in the gas station business; however, we are in the upper scale, not the mediocre or the average gas station that you walk into,” Safa said.

Texas Best Smokehouse will have 14 fuel pumps. There will be up to 12 Tesla charging stations and a few general vehicle charging stations.

A tunnel car wash with vacuums and detailing services will be included in the development. Inside the store will be the Texas Best Smokehouse barbecue restaurant, a deli restaurant, a pizzeria, a coffee bar and a juice bar. Meat from the smokehouse restaurant can also be used as pizza toppings at the pizzeria.

“We cater to the community on an individual basis,” Safa said.

Area lacking density

The Texas Best Smokehouse is crucial to the Grapevine Station North project, as it is expected to help drive foot traffic to the area, Leighton said.

The north side of town has struggled in the past to keep retail and restaurant options open, Leighton said when the project went before Grapevine City Council in August 2018. That is because much of the surrounding land is being used by Grapevine Lake and the Dallas Fort Worth International Airport instead of housing developments, he said.

With the lack of retail options, fewer people have reason to visit that side of town beyond the Starbucks and the Mesa Mexican restaurant there, city officials said at the meeting.

The south end of Grapevine Station was developed into several offices for this reason, officials said. However, the intention is to develop more retail spaces and restaurants at Grapevine Station North, Leighton said. Based on his experience with the south side, Leighton said he believes the Texas Best Smokehouse will help the area overcome its previous struggles.

This was something Grapevine Mayor William D. Tate recognized at the August 2018 council meeting.

“This will create a lot of traffic, yes, but that’s what we need: traffic. We need some energy, and that will help the retail there,” Tate said at the meeting. “They’ve struggled for years trying to get retail in there.”

Working with resident demand

The Texas Best Smokehouse project was approved after developers assured Grapevine City Council that groceries would be included.

Safa said he is dedicating about 1,200 square feet of the store to fresh produce, in addition to other grocery items. The fruits and vegetables will benefit not only the residents but also the store itself, he said, since the items can also be used by the restaurant.

“We understand that the demographics don’t support [produce], but we can throw it in, and we found a way to make it a win-win,” Safa said.

City Council’s request stemmed from inquiries to the city from residents about having a grocery store closer to their homes. The city had even reached out to Westwood to see if it could entice a full grocery store to set up shop in the area, but to no avail.

“There’s sort of a twofold challenge: You’ve got grocers that have built large stores that are within commutable distance of where that population is, ... and then, the north side challenge, historically, of not having as much raw residential development,” Farley said.

Some residents who live on the north side of the city expressed disappointment with the planned development for the site.

“A grocery store is much-needed,” Grapevine resident Rhonda Bishop said. “Kroger is so overwhelmed with both Grapevine and Southlake residents shopping there.”

“The last thing we need is another gas station/convenience store, even if it does sell a few healthy items,” Grapevine resident Susan Quinn said.

A few of the smaller grocers have begun to express interest in the area, Farley said. No one has stepped up with a proposal just yet, though, so the Texas Best Smokehouse can serve as a sort of placeholder, he said.

“This will be a transitional piece for that corridor until such time as that density is there,” Farley said.
SHARE THIS STORY
By Miranda Jaimes

Miranda has been in the North Texas area since she graduated from Oklahoma Christian University in 2014. She reported and did design for a daily newspaper in Grayson County before she transitioned to a managing editor role for three weekly newspapers in Collin County. Now she's in Tarrant County, mostly, and has been an Impacter since 2017 as the editor of the Grapevine/Colleyville/Southlake edition.


MOST RECENT

(Courtesy Adobe Stock)
8 candidates file for Grapevine, Colleyville Southlake city races in May election

Southlake voters will have the choice of electing new candidates to city positions during the May 2 election.

(Courtesy Adobe Stock)
10 file for Grapevine-Colleyville ISD, Carroll ISD elections

The race is on for open seats on the Grapevine-Colleyville ISD board of trustees

The Barrows Firm is relocating its practice. (Courtesy Fotolia)
Family law and estate planning office to relocate in Southlake

A Southlake law firm is relocating its practice.

Macy’s Brand Experience Officer Rachel Shechtman has brought her expertise to Southlake with Market by Macy's. (Miranda Jaimes/Community Impact Newspaper)
FIRST LOOK: First-of-its-kind shopping concept Market by Macy’s unveiled in Southlake

After founding a themed retail boutique in New York in 2011, Macy’s Brand Experience Officer Rachel Shechtman has brought her expertise to Southlake.

U.S.-based restoration services company Restoration Management Company plans to open its 14th location in Grapevine this March. (Courtesy Restoration Management Company)
Restoration Management Company announces new location in Grapevine

U.S.-based restoration services company Restoration Management Company plans to open its 14th location in Grapevine this March.

Primary Election Guide 2020: Grapevine, Colleyville, Southlake sample ballot and key dates for March election

Going into the March primary elections, there are several important dates voters should know.

The city of Colleyville is looking to get in on a workplace trend taking its neighboring cities by storm. (Graphic by Ellen Jackson/Community Impact Newspaper)
Colleyville Business Center embraces coworking spaces trend

The city of Colleyville is looking to get in on a workplace trend taking its neighboring cities by storm.

A poker tournament was held Jan. 18 at Classic Wine & Storage in Southlake to benefit the GRACE nonprofit relief agency. (Courtesy Corey Collins)
Recent highlights: January events in Colleyville and Southlake included the GRACE Poker Tournament, Annual Awards Banquet

A poker tournament was held Jan. 18 at Classic Wine & Storage in Southlake to benefit the GRACE nonprofit relief agency.

Cristina’s Fine Mexican Restaurant is owned by Arturo Vargas (left). His daughter, Cristina Vargas, will take over the business when he retires. (Anna Herod/Community Impact Newspaper)
Vargas family brings ‘a little piece of Mexico’ to Southlake with Cristina's Fine Mexican Restaurant

Arturo Vargas knew he had a passion for service when he immigrated to Texas from Mexico.

Owner Craig Tracy (third from left) and the staff of Ethridge Auto Center in Colleyville. (Photos by Ian Pribanic/Community Impact Newspaper)
Ethridge Auto Center in Colleyville builds brand on sweat and oil

As a young boy, Craig Tracy idolized his grandfather, a former aircraft mechanic and a hot rod enthusiast.

(Graphic by Ellen Jackson/Community Impact Newspaper)
Grapevine-Colleyville, Carroll ISDs approve 2020-21 academic calendars

Grapevine-Colleyville and Carroll school districts have adopted their 2020-21 academic calendars.

Back to top