Major job announcements bring retail growth in Richardson

Good news!

Recent activity at the Plano Rd. and E. Belt Line Rd. area is a good indication that this area of Richardson will be looking forward to several new retailers and new restaurants pads.

  • The vacant Albertson’s grocery store finally has a new owner! Local Dallas developer Leon Capital Group has bought the building and is currently working on various site plan options.  
  • Mike Leonard with Edge Realty Partners is working on plans to redevelop the current Furr’s Cafeteria and adjacent land at 350 S. Plano Road across the street from Richardson Square power center (Lowe’s, Anna’s Linens, Ross, Super Target, Sears). Click here for proposed site plans.

Richardson Heights, leased by Tyler Isbell and Jack Burgher of SRS Real Estate Partners, continues to attract attention with the opening of the new Alamo Drafthouse Cinema. Haystack Burgers & Barley, which opened at Heights earlier this summer, has become quite a gathering place for many of the media folks gearing up for Alamo Drafthouse events and activities. Tyler reports there are a number of strong prospects in the works, new restaurants as well as other types of retail. Be expecting new announcements this fall.

Have you seen the new Chili’s?
Chili’s recently completed a beautiful new upgrade to their long-standing Richardson building. They have been at 329 W Spring Valley for more than 20 years.  

New Restaurant Update

Restaurants continue to choose Richardson sites to take advantage of the high daytime employment and access on major traffic arteries. With big job announcements from State Farm, United Healthcare, Extend Health and others, we anticipate continued growth in this retail sector.  

Here are some new venues:

The former Humperdink’s building at 1601 N. Central Expressway has been bought by Fadi’s Mediterranean Grill. Renovations are currently underway for this Houston-based restaurant group and Zagat award winner with current locations at Knox/Henderson, Preston Road/Dallas and Frisco at Stonebriar. We expect the Richardson location to open later this fall.

Fish ‘N Tails Oyster Bar, 221 W. Polk St. (located on the first level facing US 75 frontage road, just south of Main Street/Belt Line) The owners are Guillermo and Margarita Torres. This new restaurant is getting great reviews on Yelp:
”This is an amazing place for oysters and grilled fish. The owner Guillermo takes care of you very well. We ordered one tray of oysters and some grilled shrimps that were not even on the menu. The oysters were so good that we ordered another one. The service was excellent. I will definitely be back when I am in that area.”
Richardson Chamber Member

Michelle’s Homestyle Cooking, 1370 E. Belt Line in the Richland Village Shopping Center (near Conn’s/Staples).  Michelle’s has several locations and offers traditional homecooked food like chicken fried steak, smothered pork chops, baked chicken with all the usual trimmings, mashed potatoes, green beans, greens, cobblers, and sweet potato pie. Open for breakfast, too!
Richardson Chamber Member

The Line Sports Bar & Grill, 940 E. Belt Line in Baybury Shopping Center. Chris Schwab is the GM. The Line is located in the same center near the popular Amigo’s restaurant. They have a separate dining area from the game/sports bar area and serve wings, sandwiches, pizza, plenty of appetizers options and three salads. Lunch specials are offered daily and Happy Hour is every day from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Richardson Chamber Member


Sushi Hinoki, 1380 W. Campbell. Sushi Hinoki is the latest sushi restaurant at Lennox Shopping Center, next to the String Bean and Masala Wok.

Nolen’s Sports Bar & Grill, 2100 N. Plano Road in the Eastrich Shopping Center (Near Casa Milagro and Soulfish Grill).

Lin Express, 800 N. Coit in the Promenade North Shopping Center.

Sofra Grill, 300 N. Coit Road at the Shops at Promenade. This new restaurant serves Zabiha Halal Mexican and Mediterranean food.

Finally, earlier this summer we had to say farewell to longtime Chamber member, Whole Foods, which has been the anchor for Herb Weitzman’s Dal-Rich Village for more than 25 years. We wish them well at their new location and now look forward to new leasing activity at this longtime Richardson center.
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