The 10 most read Cy-Fair businesses, development announcements of 2020

First announced in April 2019, the long-anticipated Willowbrook restaurant will serve the brand's signature hamburgers, shakes and french fries, which will also be available "animal style." (Courtesy In-N-Out Burger)
First announced in April 2019, the long-anticipated Willowbrook restaurant will serve the brand's signature hamburgers, shakes and french fries, which will also be available "animal style." (Courtesy In-N-Out Burger)

First announced in April 2019, the long-anticipated Willowbrook restaurant will serve the brand's signature hamburgers, shakes and french fries, which will also be available "animal style." (Courtesy In-N-Out Burger)

New businesses and developments announced in Cy-Fair this year included In-N-Out Burger, new apartment complexes, a drive-in theater and more. These were the 20 most read announcements Community Impact Newspaper published in 2020.

1. Preliminary plans announced for former Gander Mountain site at Hwy. 290, FM 1960: Tazz Enterprise acquired the former Gander Mountain site and announced plans to convert it to a multilevel entertainment facility. (Full story posted Jan. 16)

2. In-N-Out Burger to open Willowbrook location Sept. 4: The California-based burger chain arrived in northwest Houston this September. (Full story posted Sept. 3)

3. Houston Premium Outlets welcomes 3 new stores to Cypress mall: New retailers including Versace opened at the outlet mall this fall. (Full story posted Oct. 14)

4. New master-planned community to bring 1,000 homes, Hwy. 290 improvements to Waller: The new 521-acre development includes around 1,000 single-family homes from Long Lake Ltd. (Full story posted Oct. 27)

5. Ground to break in September on Bishop Square Business Park on Mueschke Road in Cypress: Ground broke in September on the 4-acre site that will feature 10 condominium-style buildings. (Full story posted Aug. 28)

6. Chicago pizzeria Rosati’s celebrates grand opening in Cypress: The restaurant’s menu includes Chicago-style deep dish, double dough, thin crust and gluten-free pizzas as well as wings, salads, pastas and sandwiches. (Full story posted Nov. 12)

7. Units begin opening at Alys Crossing off Fry Road in Cypress: The development features one-, two- and three-bedroom units ranging from 755-1,699 square feet and prices ranging from $1,332-$2,261. (Full story posted Aug. 7)

8. Medical offices planned on 30 acres at Hwy. 290, Grand Parkway: Cypress Health & Wellness Campus is planned on a 30-acre property in the Fairfield area off Hwy. 290 near the Grand Parkway. (Full story posted Aug. 18)

9. Star Cinema Grill to open its first-ever drive-in theater on Fry Road in Cypress: The drive-in was unveiled in coordination with the release of the Christopher Nolan film "Tenet." (Full story posted Sept. 1)

10. General plan approved for 1,600-acre project in far northwest Harris County: The Houston Planning Commission approved a general plan for Jubilee, a project on roughly 1,600 acres in far northwest Harris County. (Full story posted Oct. 27)
By Danica Lloyd
Danica joined Community Impact Newspaper as a Cy-Fair reporter in May 2016 after graduating with a journalism degree from Union University in Jackson, Tennessee. She covers education, local government, business, demographic trends, real estate development and nonprofits.


Michelle Esposito owns and operates My Skin by Michelle. (Courtesy My Skin by Michelle)
My Skin by Michelle now open in Cypress

Michelle Esposito said she has more than 20 years of experience as an esthetician and offers customized facials at her new studio.

Cy-Fair ISD recently added 266 propane buses to its total fleet. Funded by the 2019 bond package, the buses account for approximately 30% of the district’s total fleet and provide cleaner emissions. (Courtesy Cy-Fair ISD)
Cy-Fair ISD's 2019 bond program funds new propane buses to replace diesel vehicles

Propane buses now account for about 30% of the district's entire fleet.

ExxonMobil moved employees from its Springwoods Village campus to a Hughes Landing to cure a default on a Montgomery County tax abatement. (Courtesy ExxonMobil)
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The University of St. Thomas is a private Catholic college in Houston. It also has a microcampus in downtown Conroe. (Emma Whalen/Community Impact Newspaper)
University of St. Thomas offering free tuition to first 500 students who apply

The online degrees are in the following fields: cybersecurity, network technology, electronic technology, general business, and alcohol and drug dependency counseling.

Harris County Emergency Services District No. 11 has begun construction on the first of three phases for its new 43-acre, state-of-the-art campus located in Spring, according to a May 7 news release. (Courtesy Cypress Creek EMS)
Harris County Emergency Services District No. 11 begins construction on new 43-acre campus

The campus will house ESD No. 11's new ambulance service, which is scheduled to launch Sept. 4 when the district's contract with current service provider, Cypress Creek Emergency Medical Services, expires.

King and his team constructed the Ringing Singing Tree, a 17-foot-tall, 20-ton wind powered sound sculpture, in 2015. The project is on display outside of Austin. (Courtesy JK Welding)
Cypress-based JK Welding takes on unique, challenging projects

Motorists might recognize the FM 529 facility by the large projects that can be seen from the street, which have included an oil derrick, a pirate ship and a massive wind chime.

The new campus will be modeled after the comprehensive Houston Methodist West and Houston Methodist The Woodlands facilities. (Courtesy Houston Methodist)
Houston Methodist announces plans for new 400-bed hospital in Cypress

The new hospital could open as early as 2024 and ultimately employ more than 500 people, officials said.

The Texas Department of State Health Services projects a significant shortage of nurses by 2032. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
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The practice is led by Stoni Johnston, who is a licensed and board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. (Courtesy Sulcata Psychiatry)
Sulcata Psychiatry in Vintage Park now scheduling appointments for June

Patients who schedule appointments for June prior to May 31 will receive a 15% discount.

Jersey Village City Hall is located on Lakeview Drive, but city officials have plans to break ground on a new facility in Village Center this summer. (Danica Lloyd/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Houston, Harris County annual addresses no longer hosted by Greater Houston Partnership over Texas voter bill dispute

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