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

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

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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.


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.


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.


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.


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

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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.

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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.

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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.


Eleven days after officials across Harris County's criminal justice system met to discuss how to alleviate overcrowding at the county jail during the coronavirus pandemic, progress has been "excruciatingly slow," according to the Harris County Sheriff's Office. (Courtesy Brian Jackson/Adobe Stock)
Progress 'excruciatingly slow' on effort to address overcrowding at Harris County Jail

"I know it is keeping many of us awake at night, and it should. It absolutely should," said U.S. District Judge Lee Rosenthal, who is presiding over an ongoing lawsuit dealing with the county's felony bail practices.

Fort Bend County commissioners discussed vaccine distribution at a regular court session Jan. 26. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Fort Bend County prepares to open additional COVID-19 vaccination sites

Fort Bend County officials are preparing to open additional COVID-19 vaccination sites so that the county will be able to administer more vaccines as soon as they become available.

Now that the Centerpoint pole has been removed, the city does not expect any changes to the project’s timeline. (Screenshot courtesy city of Katy)
Progress continues at Katy Downtown Plaza

Despite the rain, progress is being made at Katy’s Downtown Plaza, according to Katy City Council’s Jan. 25 meeting. Recent advancements include pouring concrete and removing a Centerpoint power pole that had been a major hurdle in the construction process.

Construction on the $55 million Texas Heritage Parkway project connecting FM 1093 to I-10 is underway, according to Andy Meyers, Fort Bend County Precinct 3 commissioner. (Community Impact staff)
Once completed, Texas Heritage Parkway to connect I-10 to FM 1093

Construction on the $55 million Texas Heritage Parkway project connecting FM 1093 to I-10 is underway, according to Andy Meyers, Fort Bend County Precinct 3 commissioner.

Texas Medical Center offers coronavirus updates

More than 118,000 people have received their first shot.

Harris County Flood Control District is planning to submit preliminary flood plain maps to the Federal Emergency Management Agency in late 2021. (Kelly Schafler/Community Impact Newspaper)
Harris County's preliminary flood plain maps to be released in late 2021

The new flood insurance rates in Harris County could take effect in 2023 or 2024.

Farm Stores boasts a drive-thru but will soon expand to curbside. (Photo by Farm Stores)
Farm Stores comes to Katy

Owner: ‘It’s not just a convenience store’

Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo announced the opening of a COVID-19 vaccine waitlist at a Jan. 25 press conference. (Screenshot courtesy Facebook)
Harris County to open waitlist for COVID-19 vaccines Jan. 26

Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo warned that vaccine supply remains "extremely limited," and it will still take time for those waitlisted to get an appointment.

Filing for the May 1 Katy City Council election opened Jan. 13 and will close Feb. 12. (Nola Valente/Community Impact Newspaper)
Filing period open for Katy City Council election

The filing period is open for residents who hope to be elected in May to serve as a member of the Katy City Council.

“Hope is on the horizon,” Fort Bend County Judge KP George said at a press conference Jan. 4. “The vaccine is here.”
Vaccine distribution starts in Fort Bend County and more top Houston-area news

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Here are the latest coronavirus case count updates in Fort Bend County. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Fort Bend County sees 3,384 new coronavirus cases Jan. 15-21, up 498 from week prior

There were an average of 483.43 COVID-19 cases reported a day last week in Fort Bend County.