Shannon Fine Jewelry to close on FM 1960, citing eminent domain

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Shannon Fine Jewelry, located at 6944 FM 1960 W., Houston, will close at an unspecified time in the future due to planned work on FM 1960 that will result in eminent domain taking a portion of the property, according to a store manager.

Signs announcing the store’s going-out-of-business sale have been posted on the storefront and on the business website and Facebook page.

The jewelry store’s other location, at 1440 Lake Woodlands Drive, The Woodlands, will remain open, the manager said.

Shannon Fine Jewelry has been located on FM 1960 since 1979 and has been at its present location since 2012, according to the company website.

The Texas Department of Transportation plans to seek construction bids in January for a project that will widen FM 1960 between Cutten Road and Hwy. 249, adding several turn lanes and other improvements.

TxDOT Public Information Officer Danny Perez said there are 19 parcels in that section of FM 1960 being appraised, and offers are being presented to landowners.

“We do anticipate a few parcels going to eminent domain within the next three to four months,” Perez said.

The $27.3 million project has met with criticism from Municipal Utility District 191, which serves the area. Officials with the MUD have claimed the construction will be disruptive to local businesses.

“We are certainly doing all we can to minimize impacts on affected businesses in the area,” Perez said.

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  1. Deborah DeShazo

    Hello! I wanted to add to the Shannon Fine Jewelry story…. the employees of the 6944 Cypress Creek Pkwy store purchased that Shannon location, changed the name from “fine jewelry” to “jewelers” and opened a new location at 6710 Spring Stuebner Rd, suite 710, on Nov. 17th, 2018 under the new name of “Shannon Jewelers.” When eminent domain forced the Houston location to close, the long-time owner, Gary Zoet, decided to retire. However, the long time Shannon Jewelers and staff didn’t want to see that beloved operation go away! So, under Gary’s tutalidge we have created a new store with the same faces and the same operation that Gary had for over 39 years! Thank you!

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Vanessa Holt
A resident of the Houston area since 2011, Vanessa began working in community journalism in her home state of New Jersey in 1996. She joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2016 as a reporter for the Spring/Klein edition and became editor of the paper in March 2017.
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