Two new supermarkets going in near downtown

kroger-logoTom Thumb and Kroger are building stores near downtown Dallas. Construction hasn’t begun on either project, but Kroger will be free-standing so it should open sooner than the new Tom Thumb, which will anchor a high-rise project.

Kroger purchased a block along the east side of Central Expressway near the Woodall Rodgers interchange. The store will be on Hall Street, diagonally across the highway from the Walmart supermarket. The company plans to build a 78,000-square-foot store. That’s larger than the store on Cedar Springs Road, closer in size to the store on Maple Avenue.

Kroger already has a store within a mile of that location at CityPlace.

And, of course, as in all Kroger stores, your guns are welcome.

TomThumb-logoTom Thumb is opening a store in the area as well. The supermarket will anchor a new high-rise development at Cedar Springs Road and Akard Street. That’s a block from the Perot Museum and north of Woodall Rodgers, two blocks outside the Central Business District in — Uptown, Victory, or whatever they want to call it — on the city plat, that’s the edge of Oak Lawn.

This will be a gun-free store.

—  David Taffet

Police seek leads in theft from porch

ThiefPolice are asking the public for help in identifying the man who stole a package from the front porch of a home in the 3200 block of Knight Street, across from the Kroger store and less than a block from Cedar Springs Road, just before 10 a.m. on Jan. 16.

Video from a surveillance camera on the porch of the residence shows a man wearing a gray or light-gray colored hoodie, walk onto the porch, pick up the package, stuff it under the hoodie and then walk back down the sidewalk and out of the yard. He paused long enough to latch the gate in the fence around the yard as he left.

Watch the video above. Anyone with information is asked to call Det. Strodtman at 214-670-6047 or Crimestoppers at 214-373-TIPS. Callers can remain anonymous.

—  Tammye Nash

Straight men with small dicks will have to shop at Kroger

big_gun_small_dick_flaskStarting Jan. 1 the new open carry law goes into effect. Prove how masculine you are by carrying a gun. Prove what a small dick you have by carrying a big, big gun.

Businesses have the right to opt out, but must post a sign telling customers their big guns aren’t welcome.

Tom Thumb, Whole Foods, HEB — which owns Central Market — and Sprouts have opted out. No guns in their markets.

Kroger said it follows state laws. By that it means it won’t follow Texas law that allows a business to opt out. It will allow straight men with small dicks to carry their big guns into their stores.

Aldi did not answer, but allows concealed guns in their stores. Fiesta hasn’t announced its policy yet.

Going out for an evening of entertainment? AMC and Cinemark theaters both will ban guns.

Go to CVS with your gun. Walgreens without.

Gun-free restaurant chains include Panera Bread, Chili’s, Hooters, Jack in the Box, TGI Fridays, Buffalo Wild Wings, California Pizza Kitchen and Waffle House.

Nasher Sculpture Garden bans guns but Nasher-owned NorthPark didn’t respond when the Dallas Morning News inquired about its policy.

This list is certainly not complete and most of the stores listed above come from a “Second Amendment rights” website, and is certainly subject to change. Check for a sign on the front door of the business to see if guns are banned from the property. If there’s no sign, open carry is welcome at that business.

—  David Taffet

Two charged with misdemeanor despite damage and thousands stolen

Barton.RickOn July 31, Hunky’s owner Rick Barton’s car was broken into and $2,000 cash in a bank bag was stolen from under his seat as he made a quick stop at Kroger on Cedar Springs Road.

Within hours, two men were caught and most of the money was recovered.

Barton said damage to his car was $1,600 and none of the $2,000 has been returned. The two men caught after breaking into the car are being charged with a misdemeanor. They were released and returned to Houston, where they are from.

—  David Taffet

BREAKING: Owner of Hunky’s robbed in Kroger parking lot

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Hunky’s owner Rick Barton standing at his car after robbery (Joey Depriter/Dallas Voice)

Rick Barton, owner of Hunky’s went to the bank this morning (Friday, July 31), put the cash in a bank bag under the seat of his car and stopped at Kroger on Cedar Springs Road before returning to his restaurant.

When he returned to the car, his window was broken out and the money taken. At the time of the report, he was waiting for police to arrive to file a police report, according to Dallas Voice reporters Linda Depriter and Joey.

Barton said he must have been followed from his bank at Wycliff and Lemmon to Kroger.

UPDATE:

When police arrived they looked at parking lot surveillance video taken by Kroger to see if cameras caught who broke into the car.

UPDATE: 12:44 p.m.

Arrest

Two are arrested. Not clear whether this is connected to the earlier robbery in the Kroger parking lot across the street. (Stephen Mobley/Dallas Voice)

Dallas Voice reporter Stephen Mobley said two men are being detained by Dallas Police at the Valero gas station across the street from Kroger on Cedar Springs Road. He said seven police cars are at the station and two detectives are collecting evidence. He didn’t know whether the arrests are connected to Barton’s robbery earlier this morning.

—  David Taffet

Rumors of the Cedar Springs Kroger demise are greatly exaggerated

Freezer sections are longer and nicer.

You can still get your drunk ice cream at the Kroger on Cedar Springs, which, for the record, is not closing.

Though you may have heard otherwise, Kroger on Cedar Springs is in fact not closing. Your neighborhood meat market is safe.

There are no plans to build another apartment or condominium building in its place. It is not abandoning the neighborhood. I spoke with the manager who said in effect the same thing. Do not think otherwise. If you do, don’t blame me.

I called and asked the friendly manager, who in effect told me the same thing. He said he’s heard these rumors too, though doesn’t know how or where they started. He said they actually plan to expand the store on their property, which they own.

 

 

—  James Russell

Let ‘em eat cake

My award-losing cake, complete with monetary bribes for the judges

My award-losing cake, complete with monetary bribes for the judges

For the second year in a row, I participated in the Kroger Cake-Off, where local journalists (including me, the only guy) compete in a 30-minute cake decorating competition to have a check in the amount of $1,000 donated in our names to the North Texas Food Bank and the Tarrant Area Food Bank, which serve 13 counties each across the Metroplex and beyond.

And for the second year in a row, I lost — despite my awesome design, above.

It’s not a big deal, actually — even Nerissa Knight, the Eye Opener morning show host whose decorated yellow cake won the prize, was gracious, telling me my design “was the most fun.” And the point, really, is to raise awareness of the need for donations to the area food banks (one in six North Texas residents goes with any meal every night, often children, the elderly and the disabled) and Kroger’s efforts in combatting that through Bringing Hope to the Table, a promotion through May 14 where customers can buy specially-marked items to benefit NTFB and TAFB.

Nerissa's winning designNerissa Knight and the donation check

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Kroger adds security to parking lot to prevent late night noise, partying

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The Kroger on Cedar Springs Road has added more security to its parking lot on weekends to try to curb noise and illegal activity after the bars close.

Kroger spokesman Gary Huddleston said two weeks ago that the store wanted to work with Dallas police and ilume management to create a permanent solution to ilume’s concerns about late night partying continuing in the unmonitored pay lot.

He said he’s now met with all the stakeholders and more security has been added to maintain control of the parking lot.

Joshuah Welch, director of operations at ilume, said the store is working to maintain security until 4 a.m. when the last of the bars close, which has been helping.

“This is helping clear out the loitering and parking lot parties that were occurring after hours,” he said.

Welch previously told Dallas Voice that the parking lot has become a nuisance with noise and partying after the parking lot attendant took money and left it unsupervised. Ilume has offered to operate the parking lot for Kroger in the past, which Huddleston said was one of the ideas to solve the issues that have increased over the past few months.

Welch said the increased security will continue on a trial run for a month before management meets with Kroger again about the issue, but he is “hopeful that this is a permanent solution to the noise and chaos that was occurring in the parking lot after hours.”

—  Dallasvoice

Kroger plans to find solution to parking lot noise, crime within 2 weeks

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On Friday, we told you about the complaints from ilume management about noise and illegal activity going on in the Cedar Springs Road Kroger parking lot on weekends.

Management said they’ve tried to work with Kroger representatives over the past year to resolve the issues, but nothing has fixed the problems.

Kroger spokesman Gary Huddleston said the store is aware of the complaints over the last year and has worked to resolve the issues, including increased security patrols of the parking lot. He said the noise has escalated over the last month.

“Obviously it hasn’t been successful,” he said. “So we’re looking at other options to control the noise and other crimes.”

Over the next two weeks, Kroger will work with Dallas police, ilume and business owners to come up with a permanent solution to end the rowdy late night activity. A few options would be to hire a valet to stay all night to monitor the lot, as well as have ilume take over the valet.

“We’re trying our best,” Huddleston said.

—  Dallasvoice

Piece of cake: Another close call for charity

Where I started, below, and where I ended up, above.

I’m sick of coming in second, especially for charity.

As we blogged about three weeks ago, Team Dallas Voice was first runner-up in a wind-power competition pitting journo-against-journo for a $2,500 cash donation to our favorite charity. Instead, we won $250 for Ranch Hand Rescue. (We fell to Colleen Coyle of Channel 8.) I was the star player on my team, of course — i.e., the only one capable of building a $0.15 pinwheel without adult supervision.*

So when I was invited to go solo for another journalist-only benefit competition — this time, $1,000 being donated in my name by Kroger to the North Texas Food Bank and Tarrant Area Food Bank — I relished the opportunity. Plus I didn’t have to go outside as with the wind game … always a plus.

This time, my creativity skills were being put to the test when I faced off against five other journalists at cake decorating. We each had 30 minutes, with the assistance of a Kroger bakery staffer, to turn pasty into a work of art. With the help of La Tricia, I set about it.

Decorating a cake is pretty hard. La Tricia made sure all my pastry bags were filled with butter cream frosting of various colors, and she showed me techniques (apply constant pressure! But not too much!) and walked me through. Being a gay pub, we settled on a rainbow theme, made variously of fruits, jelly beans and frosting.

You can tell I did most of the work myself. I have the penmanship of a serial killer, as Clairee might say, but I also hard heart — and a strong pitch. “You get three points for your presentation,” said Francie Cooper, one of the judges. I thought about a bribe too, but there were cameras on me.

In the end, I placed second after Jana from the Dallas Morning News — another Belo victory! I got no money donated in my name. Instead, I got to keep the cake. I’m feeding the working poor with it, i.e., my colleagues here at Dallas Voice. Ah, well, no reason why you can’t donate to the food banks — they need it. Summer is the hungriest time for kids. Why? Because school is out, so no access to hot lunches unless mom makes it. C’mon, give some money or drop off some cans. Kids should play in the summer, not worry about food.

*That’s pretty much all he did. — Teammates

—  Arnold Wayne Jones