Amazon center in Katy to bring 3K jobs and more Houston-area news

Amazon's new sorting center is now open at 22525 Clay Road, Katy. The 800,000-square-foot building opened Oct. 9. (Courtesy Amazon.com Inc.)
Amazon's new sorting center is now open at 22525 Clay Road, Katy. The 800,000-square-foot building opened Oct. 9. (Courtesy Amazon.com Inc.)

Amazon's new sorting center is now open at 22525 Clay Road, Katy. The 800,000-square-foot building opened Oct. 9. (Courtesy Amazon.com Inc.)

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Katy

New Katy Amazon sorting center to employ 3,000 full- and part-time positions


Amazon's new sorting center is now open at 22525 Clay Road, Katy. The 800,000-square-foot building opened Oct. 9 and will serve as a facility to sort packages before they are transferred to a delivery station or to a last-mile delivery partner for final delivery for customers. The center will employ over 3,000 full- and part-time employees starting at $15 per hour.

Great Harvest Bread Co. opens second location in Katy area



Great Harvest Bread Co opened a second location inside the north campus of the Kingsland Baptist church Oct. 5. The bakery and cafe, located at 24111 Stockdick School Road, Katy, will serve coffee, sweets, sandwiches, salads and breads.

Frankies Pizza Kitchen reopens in Katy after ownership change

Frankies Pizza Kitchen reopened in early September after undergoing a temporary closure due to an ownership change. The pizza restaurant was formerly known as Big Paulie’s and is located at 6420 FM 1463, 100, Fulshear.

Sanskar Maharashtrian Veg. Cuisine gives owners opportunity to fulfill American dream in Katy

Megha Ozarker said she wholeheartedly believes in achieving the American dream.

When Ozarker first emigrated from India to the U.S. in 2005, she knew she wanted to be a restaurant owner but had no experience in the field, she said.

However, Ozarker was persistent, and after a lot of hard work and failures, she opened her own restaurant, Sanskar Maharashtrian Veg. Cuisine, in April 2019.

Conroe-Montgomery

Old Montgomery Steak House attracts guests with comfort food and John Wayne

The walls of Old Montgomery Steakhouse, a roomy diner on McCown Street, are lined with black and white photos of American actor John Wayne.

Owner Lloyd Ashbaker offered a simple explanation for the motive behind the decor:

“I like him,” Lloyd said.

Spring-Klein

The Lego Store now open in Willowbrook Mall

The Lego Store celebrated its grand opening Oct. 9 inside Willowbrook Mall, located at 1568 Willowbrook Mall, Houston. In celebration of the grand opening, the new store is offering a free reusable Lego bag with every purchase of $35 or more.

Cy-Fair

Two new locations of Caliber Auto Care now open in Cypress

Two new locations of Caliber Auto Care opened in the Cypress area Oct. 12, company officials announced, including a location at 8700 Fry Road, Cypress, near the West Road intersection, and a location at 9425 Barker Cypress Road, Cypress, in the Towne Lake area.

Houston Premium Outlets welcomes 3 new stores to Cypress mall

Officials with Houston Premium Outlets announced two new tenants opened earlier this month, and one additional store is expected to open by the end of the month.

Tomball-Magnolia

ROUNDUP: Six businesses coming soon, now open or celebrating anniversaries in the Tomball-Magnolia area


Read about businesses in Tomball and Magnolia.

Here are some virtual, in-person events going on in Tomball, Magnolia this weekend, Oct. 16-18

Tomball and Magnolia residents have a number of in-person and virtual event options to enjoy when making plans this weekend.

Bellaire-Meyerland-West University

The Bagel Shop Bakery celebrates 45th anniversary in Houston

The Bagel Shop Bakery, located at 9720 Hillcroft Ave., Houston, is now 45 years old, the bakery announced in a news release Oct. 12.

Hu’s Cooking reopens dine-in service

Hu’s Cooking, located at 2502 W. Holcombe Blvd., Houston, reopened its dining room to customers Oct. 12, the restaurant announced in an Oct. 5 Facebook post.

Houston drivers now face fine for parking in bike lanes

Houston drivers now risk a fine when parking in bike lanes, a new city ordinance states.

City Council approved the measure Oct. 14 after delaying the vote to work out details of the rule’s enforcement.

Sprouts Farmers Market now open near Texas Medical Center

A new Sprouts Farmers Market, at 1212 Old Spanish Trail, Houston, has officially opened its doors.

Lake Houston-Humble-Kingwood

Humble Museum sets grand opening date at new location


The Humble Museum will hold a grand opening and dedication ceremony Nov. 13 in its new space at 601 Higgins St., Humble. The museum moved from 219 E. Main St. to its new space in the Charles Bender Performing Arts Center band hall.

Shawn Arrajj, Adriana Rezal, Eva Vigh, Nola Valente, Emma Whalen, Hannah Zedaker, Hunter Marrow and Danica Lloyd contributed to this report.



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Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo also spearheaded an effort to establish a $10 million Early Childhood Impact Fund, which was approved in a split 3-2 vote Oct. 27. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Harris County establishes $10M Early Childhood Impact Fund, selects organizations to administer additional $7.3M in assistance

Approximately $17.3 million in assistance programs will soon be available to Harris County residents in need, thanks to three programs recently established by the Harris County Commissioners Court.

Each of the county’s 30 early voting centers are open until 7 p.m. Oct. 27 and from 7 a.m.-9 p.m. Oct. 28-30. Election Day is Nov. 3. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
As Fort Bend County in-person early voting numbers approach 250,000, voting slows Oct. 22-26

Each of the county’s 30 early voting centers are open until 7 p.m. Oct. 27 and from 7 a.m.-9 p.m. Oct. 28-30. Election Day is Nov. 3.

Big Z's Pizza House and Brew, located at 2004 Mason Road, Ste. A1, Katy, celebrated its first anniversary Oct. 19. (Courtesy of Big Z's)
Chicago-inspired pizzeria in Katy celebrates first anniversary

Big Z's Pizza House and Brew, located at 2004 Mason Road, Ste. A1, Katy, celebrated its first anniversary Oct. 19.

The newly approved rate of $0.59920 per $100 valuation is a decrease of $0.01250 from the FY 2019-20 tax rate of $0.61170 per $100 valuation; it is intended to mitigate rising property values across the county, officials said. (Courtesy Fotolia)
Harris County Commissioners Court unanimously approves tax rate decrease for FY 2020-21

The newly approved rate of $0.59920 per $100 valuation is a decrease of $0.01250 from the FY 2019-20 tax rate of $0.61170 per $100 valuation.

student wearing graduation cap
Katy ISD considers keeping outdoor graduation ceremonies at Legacy Stadium

Outdoor graduations could become more commonplace in Katy ISD following this spring's ceremonies at Legacy Stadium.

Harris County residents line up outside of Big Stone Lodge in Spring to cast their votes early. (Andy Li/Community Impact Newspaper)
Harris County early voter turnout on track to surpass total votes cast in 2016 election

All 122 early voting sites throughout Harris County will be open from 7 a.m.-10 p.m. Oct. 27-29, giving voters an additional three hours to head to the polls.

Zivel will open a new location in the Katy area in mid-November. (Courtesy of Zivel)
New Zivel location to open in Katy area

Zivel will open a new location in the Katy area in mid-November. Zivel offers flotation therapy, infrared sauna and cryotherapy services, which use extreme cold temperatures in a controlled environment to aid tissue healing, inflammation reduction and recovery speed.

As the Army Corps of Engineers continues to study flood mitigation options for the Buffalo Bayou, Addicks Reservoir and Barker Reservoir watersheds, officials with the Katy Prairie Conservancy said they and a coalition of other stakeholders are urging the Corps to reassess its early findings. (Shawn Arrajj/Community Impact Newspaper)
Katy Prairie officials call on Army Corps to rethink flooding concepts in western Harris County

As the Army Corps of Engineers continues to study flood mitigation options for the Buffalo Bayou, Addicks Reservoir and Barker Reservoir watersheds, officials with the Katy Prairie Conservancy said they and a coalition of other stakeholders are urging the Corps to reassess its early findings.

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Shogun Japanese Grill and Sushi Bar opens in Spring and more Houston-area news

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Here are coronavirus updates from Fort Bend County from the week of Oct. 16-22. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
New coronavirus case numbers hold steady in Fort Bend County from Oct. 16-22

Fort Bend County Health and Human Services reported 324 new cases of the coronavirus the week of Oct. 16-22, two fewer than the 326 reported the week prior.

Katy ISD Superintendent Ken Gregorski gave a state of the district update early Oct. 23. (Screenshot from YouTube)
Katy ISD superintendent addresses community efforts during COVID-19 at State of the District speech

Katy ISD Superintendent Ken Gregorski gave a State of the District update early Oct. 23.