Lowe's to bring 200 jobs to Montgomery County and more Houston-area news

The East Montgomery County Industrial Park off Gene Campbell Road will welcome the Lowe's Distribution Center in July. (Courtesy East Montgomery County Improvement District)
The East Montgomery County Industrial Park off Gene Campbell Road will welcome the Lowe's Distribution Center in July. (Courtesy East Montgomery County Improvement District)

The East Montgomery County Industrial Park off Gene Campbell Road will welcome the Lowe's Distribution Center in July. (Courtesy East Montgomery County Improvement District)

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Lowe's Distribution Center to open in New Caney industrial park in 2021

Lowe’s Co. Inc. will open a distribution center in July at the East Montgomery County Improvement District’s industrial park in New Caney. The East Montgomery County Industrial Park is located on Gene Campbell Road between FM 1314 and FM 1485, according to a Nov. 25 press release.

Wholesome Pies, Wholesome Kitchen & Bar close; Houston restaurants to relaunch as new concepts



Wholesome Pies, a pizza eatery, and Wholesome Kitchen & Bar, a locally sourced kitchen, closed Nov. 23 at 250 Assay St., Houston, in the Generation Park development. Located in Redemption Square, the two restaurants opened in summer 2019 and were the brainchild of Houston restaurateur Michael Collins.

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SheSpace unveils Lower Heights coworking suites, services

The Houston-founded, female-focused coworking firm SheSpace is now open at the Lower Heights development at 2799 Katy Freeway, Ste. 250, according to a Nov. 30 announcement.

Owners of Upper Kirby shop Christmas Rocks keep traditions alive

When Dalia Browning Stokes and Bobby G. Bayless decided to start a Christmas shop in the first floor of their business litigation law office, they assumed they would only stay open during the holiday season, Browning Stokes said. But to their surprise, it drew customers throughout the year.

New in Montrose: 5 restaurant updates to know

The Montrose area has seen a spate of new business and restaurant activity. Here is a quick recap of some of the new offerings now open, reopening or coming soon.

Sugar Land

Sugar Land kicks off 12 Days of Christmas with virtual, in-person activities Dec. 1-12


To usher in the holiday season, the city of Sugar Land is hosting a series of virtual and in-person events Dec. 1-12.

Bay Area

IMPACTS ROUNDUP: 3 new Bay Area businesses, plus penguins at Moody Gardens

Two Cajun-style restaurants and an eye care business opened this fall in League City, Webster and Bacliff. In Galveston, Moody Gardens recently welcomed new Macaroni penguins to its Aquarium Pyramid.

The Woodlands

The Woodlands area welcomes 3 new dining locations in November with 4th coming soon

The Woodlands area welcomed three new places to dine and drink through the month of November, with a fourth anticipated to open in early December.

Cy-Fair

Aerodrome Ice Skating Complex celebrates 25 years of business in Willowbrook this month

Aerodrome Ice Skating Complex, located near Hwy. 249 in the Willowbrook area at 8220 Willow Place Drive N., Houston, is celebrating 25 years in business with festivities throughout the month of December.

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Women-only strength, endurance training gym coming to Montgomery


PowHERhouse Fitness, a women-only strength and endurance training gym, is slated to open in January at 15885 Hwy. 105 W., Ste. 4, Montgomery.

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Rice Village updates: Business openings, closings, and relocations to know for November and beyond


Retail in Rice Village has been active despite COVID-19’s presence in Greater Houston. Here is a rundown of business activity you may have missed.

Upcoming Bellaire pop-up book shop to benefit city library

Bellaire will soon be host to a pop-up book shop with proceeds benefitting the city’s library.

Eva Vigh, Claire Shoop, Andy Li, Matt Dulin, Emma Whalen, Colleen Ferguson, Kelly Schafler, Andrew Christman, Danica Lloyd and Hunter Marrow contributed to this report.



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The program, which began this week in San Marcos, gives Amazon and Whole Foods employees and contractors direct access to COVID-19 vaccinations. (Courtesy Amazon)
Amazon begins rollout of statewide vaccination clinics for employees

The program, which began this week in San Marcos, gives Amazon and Whole Foods employees and contractors direct access to COVID-19 vaccinations.

Lone Star Groundwater Conservation District, which regulates groundwater usage in Montgomery County, is part of Groundwater Management Area 14. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
GMA 14 approves proposed desired future conditions; LSGCD objects to subsidence factor

On April 9, Groundwater Management Area 14 voted on its proposed long-term goal for the Gulf Coast Aquifer System.

Incumbent Charles Cunningham and candidate Linda Greenan are running for Humble City Council Place 2. (Community Impact staff)
Candidate Q&A: Get to know the candidates running for Humble City Council Place 2

Incumbent Charles Cunningham and candidate Linda Greenan are running for Humble City Council Place 2.

Incumbent Charles "Andy" Curry and candidate Eric Lacy are running for Humble City Council Place 1. (Community Impact staff)
Candidate Q&A: Meet the 2 candidates running for Humble City Council Place 1

Incumbent Charles "Andy" Curry and candidate Eric Lacy are running for Humble City Council Place 1.

Norman Funderburk and Arliss Bentley are in the race to serve as the city of Humble's next mayor. (Community Impact staff)
Candidate Q&A: Meet the candidates in the race to be Humble's next mayor

Norman Funderburk and Arliss Ann Bentley are in the race to serve as the city of Humble's next mayor.

Houston City Council approved ordinances expanding and funding Houston’s BCycle program on April 14. (Courtesy Houston BCycle)
Houston City Council OKs expansion of BCycle sites

City Council approved the addition of 11 new BCycle kiosk bike stations.

Federal funding is set aside for public schools to address effects of the pandemic. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Why Texas has not yet distributed $18 billion in federal funds intended for public schools

As budget decisions loom for school districts across Texas, state leaders are holding on to federal funds intended for public schools to use in addressing the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Homes priced above $750,000, such as this one in the Heights, saw a surge in sales in March, with almost twice as many properties sold. (Courtesy Houston Association of Realtors)
Average Houston single-family home price jumps 20% in March

The average sale price for a home in March was $370,847.

U.S. Rep Kevin Brady, R-The Woodlands, spoke at the Economic Outlook Conference in The Woodlands on April 14. (Andrew Christman/Community Impact Newspaper)
U.S. Rep. Kevin Brady: 'This term, my 13th, will be the last'

U.S. Rep. Kevin Brady, R-The Woodlands, announced he will retire after completing his current, 13th term in the U.S. Congress.

Following the March meeting, HISD officials conducted a contact tracing experiment March 27-April 1 in which all staff and students who tested positive for COVID-19 during that time would disclose the number of students and staff who would be designated a "close contact" with and without masks. (Kelly Schafler/Community Impact Newspaper)
Humble ISD contact tracing experiment shows possible scenario if masks not utilized

“My fear ... last board meeting was we’d have a disruption without the masks. This data helps me feel better about the decision the board made about keeping the masks for right now," HISD trustee Keith Lapeze said.

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas said power outages are not expected April 13, while requesting energy conservation. (Iain Oldman/Community Impact Newspaper)
UPDATE: ERCOT call for energy conservation ends April 13 without need for power outages

An ERCOT official said "tight" supply and demand conditions arose on the state's electric grid April 13 due to forecasting issues amid planned, seasonal maintenance outages by some power generators.