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Heading out north along Richmond Road it's clear it's the place for Texarkana growth. That's where some of the current commercial projects are underway continuing Richmond Road's commercial boom. At 3615 Richmond Road an 18,800 square foot office building is being constructed. There is an unmet need for more office space in Texarkana. Richmond is going to be a large supplier for new growth. A second office building will be constructed further down closer to the future home of Texas A&M ,which is currently under construction. Construction also continues on a 24,000 square foot Dot's Ace Hardware near a Dollar General Store also under construction. Buffalo Wild Wings is being constructed between Ruby Tuesday and On The Border. The new 55,000 square foot Orr Honda and Chevrolet dealerships are nearing completion. In early July construction of a new shopping complex will start on the I-30 frontage road between the new dealerships and Gander Mountain. That's where Tuscan Bar & Grill, Golf USA and a second location of Lafferty's TV & Appliance will share a 54,000 square foot building. That development should open early next year. In the Trinity Square Shopping Center on Trinity Boulevard on the Arkansas side preparations are underway for Anytime Fitness which will be a 24 hr. fitness club. Also phase 2 of Trinity Square Shopping Center dhould begin soon. Read more here http://www.texarkanagazette.com/news/busin...7/business3.php

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Heading out north along Richmond Road it's clear it's the place for Texarkana growth. That's where some of the current commercial projects are underway continuing Richmond Road's commercial boom. At 3615 Richmond Road an 18,800 square foot office building is being constructed. There is an unmet need for more office space in Texarkana. Richmond is going to be a large supplier for new growth. A second office building will be constructed further down closer to the future home of Texas A&M ,which is currently under construction. Construction also continues on a 24,000 square foot Dot's Ace Hardware near a Dollar General Store also under construction. Buffalo Wild Wings is being constructed between Ruby Tuesday and On The Border. The new 55,000 square foot Orr Honda and Chevrolet dealerships are nearing completion. In early July construction of a new shopping complex will start on the I-30 frontage road between the new dealerships and Gander Mountain. That's where Tuscan Bar & Grill, Golf USA and a second location of Lafferty's TV & Appliance will share a 54,000 square foot building. That development should open early next year. In the Trinity Square Shopping Center on Trinity Boulevard on the Arkansas side preparations are underway for Anytime Fitness which will be a 24 hr. fitness club. Also phase 2 of Trinity Square Shopping Center dhould begin soon. Read more here http://www.texarkanagazette.com/news/busin...7/business3.php

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That Anytime Fitness must be a chain because we have one here getting ready to open. I know 24-Hour Fitness is a chain but Anytime Fitness must also be one. (Edit: yes, it is a chain... I see 2 Bossier locations and 1 Shreveport location listed as "coming soon." http://www.anytimefitness.com/experience/states.aspx - they also have a Texarkana location shown, but strangely it's listed under Akransas and not Texas.

Anyway this is all great news... the only concern I have is the Richmond/St.Michael/I-30 intersection. They never could have planned for such an explosion of development in that area, so it's not designed to handle all the traffic. The traffic there, dare I say, seems worse than southeast Shreveport... and that's because it's just not designed for it. The Texas DOT is really proactive so I hope they will come up with a good solution before it gets too bad.

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Yeah Richmond should have been widened to 6 lanes. I think the conversion of the frontage roads to one way on both sides of I-30 will help a lot. Also the growth out toward Gander Mountain is close to the huge future interchange of the spur of I-69 and the North Loop Freeway. It's been said that Redlick and that whole area will just blossom.

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I forgot about the 1-way frontage roads and goof loops... great idea, I'm glad they're doing it. I had forgotten all about that.

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With all the growth surely to come to SBC and Texarkana, I wonder will the two areas one day work together to bring industry to the area?

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It's been done before so it's possible. However there's always been a rather unpleasant taste in Shreveport's mouth over Cooper Tire. Some influencial people in Shreveport politics years ago blocked Cooper Tire from constructing their plant near General Motors in west Shreveport. Then Texarkana stepped up and said "you can build it here!"

I never understood the "old money" crowd of good ol' boys who used to block everything. They were so greedy, they did not want new businesses to open here and take part of their pie... they wanted to run everything.

Fortunately that doesn't happen nearly as much anymore, and current local politicans are much more receptive to new industry. We do still have a couple of organized crime families in Shreveport, and one of them even helped to keep Jerry Jones from becoming mayor recently. They're a quiet bunch who keep their dirt swept under the rug, but from time to time their names will surface just long enough for you to remember that they're here. Very well-connected Italian families left over from when the Italian organized crime families virtually ran this city some 20+ years ago. They own a LOT of businesses here, many of which are believed to be nothing more than money laundering services disguised as legitimate businesses. Hey, this is crooked ass Louisiana afterall, right?

Anyway, back onto the subject at hand, with Shreveport's port expanding and working to land every major steel/industrial contract they can I certainly don't see them referring anyone to Texarkana. And vice-versa, to be honest... I don't see Texarkana referring anyone to Shreveport. I think the only possibility of the two regions working together would come with the completion of I-49.

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Also there are plans to make the Red River navigable from Shreveport to Fulton, Ark. which is just a few miles away. That would really help us out as well. With the completion of I-49 I wonder will towns like Fouke begin to grow. How is progress coming along on the portion of I-49 being built to Mira, La?

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To be honest it's been a while since I've headed north, and even longer since I've been off the beaten path to see the construction. I *hope* it's coming along nicely.

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I heard that the Waggonner Creek development will have offices, apartments, stores and more on over 500 acres. Also Progress on the new University Ave which will cross I-30 and connect with the new Texas A&M University is really coming along. The whole area between Nash and Texarkana will not be recognizable when all these projects are completed. Me and my mom will be down in your neck of the woods on Saturday. We will go to the casino and then she wants to shoe shop in preparation for her trip to Miami.

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