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Retail Roundup: San Antonio Gourdough’s opening, J. C. Penney hiring

March 2, 2019

Here’s the rundown: Gourdough’s Public House is opening its San Antonio spot this weekend, J. C. Penney is looking to hire local stylists and several retailers are planning to close stores.

Gourdough’s is holding a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 11:50 a.m. Saturday at 215 Losoya St., the Austin business’s first Alamo City location. Doors open at noon and Gourdough’s will hand out free dessert donuts, including Selena-inspired treats, with any purchase.

J. C. Penney is looking for 70 local salon stylists and will hold a job fair from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday at its North Star Mall location.

The company also announced this week it is shuttering 18 department stores and nine home and furniture locations this year. Though it’s not releasing a list of store closures, none are in Texas, a company spokesperson confirmed.

Gap Inc. announced this week it plans to split into two independent publicly traded companies: Old Navy and a second entity it’s currently referring to as “NewCo” that will include Gap, Banana Republic, Athleta and some of its other brands.

The retailer also said it plans to close about 230 “specialty” stores within the next two years. A spokesperson said Gap is still finalizing the list of specific stores that will close.

L Brands, the parent company of Victoria’s Secret, is shuttering roughly 53 stores this year. The company, which has about 10 stores in the greater San Antonio area, said it is not releasing a list of store closings.

Goodwill San Antonio is opening a new electronics store at 4810 Eisenhauer Rd. Tuesday afternoon. The store’s inventory includes laptops and desktop computers, tablets, gaming systems, e-readers and other electronics.

Fast-food chain Burger King is looking at building a new restaurant at 14235 Potranco Rd., according to filings with the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR). It would be finished in July.

First-time franchisees Aaron and Madison Thompson have opened the first Pinch A Penny Pool Patio and Spa location in San Antonio. They previously ran Clear Blue Pool Supply at 22250 Bulverde Rd. before converting it into a Pinch A Penny store, according to a news release.

The brand provides pool services and sells equipment.

A new French restaurant, Bistro9, opens at 4 p.m. Monday, staff writer Chuck Blount reports. The restaurant is located at 6106 Broadway.

Another, River City Seafood & Grill, has closed after filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy liquidation, according to Blount. The seafood spot is located off Loop 1604 in the Stone Oak area.

Ruben’s Backyard has moved into the former MoMak’s Backyard Malts & Burgers, which closed last year, Blount reports. The restaurant is located at 13838 Jones Maltsberger Road.

madison.iszler@express-news.net