Former Blockbuster on College purchased, eyes new life
Verizon Wireless and Gameware Inc. have each signed a lease to open in the former Blockbuster at 3131 College Dr., says new owner and Dallas-based developer Walter Salek, and a deal is in the works with Panda Express that would see the 5,500-square-foot building expanded. Salek purchased the building last December, declining to say for how much; but Beau Box Commercial Real Estate agent Austin Earhart, who helped facilitate the deal, says the sale price was roughly $1.2 million. Earhart says Verizon Wireless has been working to open a store in the area for some time. For Gameware Inc., the new location will be just a block from its current store in the College Creek shopping center at 3151 College Dr. "They're supposed to complete the build-out on February 7, and I'm hoping to be in there by the 14th or 15th," says Gameware Inc. owner Steve Bernhard, adding that the new location offers increased visibility and better access. The video game retailer will occupy about 1,700 square feet. Salek says Verizon Wireless should be open by March. If and when the deal with Panda Express is finalized, Salek says, the building will be expanded by 2,200 square feet to accommodate the restaurant. He stresses the deal is still tentative, but says the addition could be complete by the end of the year. —Steve Sanoski
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