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Retail Roundup: New Alamo Drafthouse, Morphe, coffee locations

Madison IszlerMay 17, 2019

A New Orleans-based coffee chain is expanding to San Antonio, Alamo Drafthouse is opening a new theater, Morphe is eyeing a local store, a Church’s Chicken is re-opening and some new restaurants are on the way.

PJ’s Coffee plans to open 180 new shops in Texas, including 40 in San Antonio, over the next 10 years. The coffeehouse already has three Texas store in Cypress, Houston and Pearland.

Austin-based Alamo Drafthouse is opening a new cinema in late 2020 at the northwest corner of La Cantera Parkway and Loop 1604. The 38,370-square-foot theater will include nearly a dozen screens, about 900 luxury recliners and a bar with local beers on tap.

Cosmetics brand Morphe appears to be opening a store at North Star Mall this summer, according to signage at the shopping center, Staff Writer Madalyn Mendoza reports.

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Work on the store started earlier this month and is expected to conclude to August, a filing with the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) indicates. A spokesperson for the company said Morphe does not confirm dates for store openings and instead releases the dates on social media and the brand’s website.

A Church’s Chicken restaurant at 8757 Huebner Rd. is having a grand reopening Saturday, according to a news release. The event starts at 11 a.m.

Party City plans to close around 45 of its 870 locations this year, the company announced recently. It has not released a list of the stores that will be shuttered. There are at least six in the San Antonio area.

Officials deny that the closures are related to a helium shortage, though CEO James Harrison said the squeeze “negatively impacted our latex and metallic balloon categories” in the first quarter.

Party City has signed a letter of agreement for a new source of helium and usually closes 10 to 15 stores a year, a spokesperson said in an email. The company “decided to close more stores than usual in order to help optimize its market level performance, focus on the most profitable locations and improve the overall health of its store portfolio,” the spokesperson said.

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The Shack is operating in a new spot at 7431 N.W. Loop 410 near Westover Hills, Staff Writer Chuck Blount reports. It was previously located in a former gas station on Babcock Road.

Stretch Zone is opening its first San Antonio studio May 20. It’s located at 946 N. Loop 1604 West, according to a news release.

Franchise owners Kathryn Comfort and Mike Akeroyd plan to expand to three studios in the next year. The local studio is the ninth Stretch Zone location in Texas.

Stretch Zone “focuses on a scientific approach to stretch and believes in re-educating muscles to establish a more ideal resting muscle tone and range of motion,” according to the release.

A new sandwich spot called Swine House Bodega opens inside Pinch Boil House and Bia Bar Friday, Staff Writer Mike Sutter reports. It will serve breakfast and lunch sandwiches at 124 N. Main Ave.

A new bar by local developer Steve Mahoney is opening in late May, according to Blount. Lilly’s Greenville, located at 1160 E. Commerce St., will serve beer, liquor and cocktails.

Sprouts Farmers Market Inc. is moving one of its existing stores to a new location nearby. The company’s supermarket at 17700 N. US Highway 281 closes June 25 and will reopen June 26 at 22135 S. Bulverde Rd.

Gym chain Anytime Fitness is eyeing a location at 14249 Potranco Rd., a TDLR filing indicates. Work on the facility would start at the end of May and finish in August.

Chipotle may open a restaurant at 327 W. Loop 1604 S., according to a TDLR filing. Work on the location is expected to start in June and end in October.


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