The Woodlands area was home to dozens of business updates covered by Community Impact Newspaper in 2020, ranging from corporate relocations to new restaurant launches and small businesses setting up shop. Here are the top 10 most read online Impact notices for businesses in The Woodlands and south Montgomery County readers took note of in 2020.
1. Aug. 5
Amazon is coming to town: The Seattle-based tech company announced a new physical Amazon 4-star location at The Woodlands Mall this summer. The store opened in September.
2. Nov. 30
Post-Thanksgiving restaurant roundup: The fall launches of Shake Shack, Tony's Italian Delicatessen and WoodsEdge Coffee House are set to be joined by a new location of La Cocina de Roberto.
3. Feb. 13
Dine-in cinema coming to College Park: The Sugar Land-based Star Cinema Grill announced plans to launch in The Woodlands in early 2020. The cinema is still slated as coming soon on the dine-in theater company's website.
4. Aug. 6
A new eatery in Oak Ridge North: After months of preparations, Whiskey Cake announced an expected opening date in Oak Ridge North this summer. The restaurant went on to open its doors Sept. 8.
5. July 31
Mid-summer dining news: Six restaurant updates were announced in July, including pizzeria and bakery openings, expected launches at a new local kitchen and two lounges, and a closing at Hughes Landing.
6. July 18
Kitchen 1488 preps for launch: One of the highlighted July announcements centered on Kitchen 1488, a locally owned, Louisiana-inspired restaurant that went on to open in August.
7. June 22
Killen's to bring barbecue to The Woodlands: The Pearland-based Ronnie Killen concept Killen's Barbecue announced its northern expansion to The Woodlands earlier this year. The eatery remains under development at a former Culver's site on Six Pines Drive, and a new anticipated launch date has yet to be set.
8. Aug. 31
Sweets, meats, pizza and more: More summer dining updates included the openings of Whiskey Cake and a Chicken Salad Chick franchise alongside announcements for new ice cream, deli, Japanese and pizza options in the area.
9. Oct. 31
The Woodlands Mall adds burgers and frozen treats: As of late October, the Town Center mall had said it anticipated fall openings of its new Shake Shack and Creamistry locations.
10. Feb. 2
Austin bootmaker moving in at Market Street: The Texas boot and leather apparel and accessory brand Tecovas announced plans to open a showroom in The Woodlands last winter. The 3,000-square-foot Market Street store went on to open in October.
Amazon, boots, movies and barbecue: The 10 most-viewed Impacts in The Woodlands area this year
Readers took an interest in the launch of Whiskey Cake's new Oak Ridge North restaurant this year. (Courtesy Whiskey Cake)