|If you are following the signs “End Road Work” and “Road Work Ahead”, it looks like more drama signs for your commute in the new year. Traveling in and around Riley Fuzzle and Rayford Rd, or if you’re anticipating a commute utilizing the Grand
Parkway, signs of completion are not that far in the horizon. According to the Grand Parkway Association, “Segment F1, 290-249, and Segment F2, 249 to 45N will likely open first, possibly in February 2016. The direct ramp from 45 SB to GP WB and GP EB to 45 NB will open with segment F2. Segment G, 45N to 59N, will open later, likely in March 2016. The ramps at Hardy Toll Road will not open until the contractor for Harris County completes their work. That means the area around Riley Fuzzell, and the Tollway will not open until March 2016.”
As far as retail near the Benders Landing community, signs are showing new businesses on the way. Other than the existing grocer, a gas station and a pharmacy, Capital Retail Properties’ site poses new commercial centers indicating AT&T Wireless, The UPS Store, Chipotle, Whataburger, Bank of America, Pollo Loco, Starbucks Coffee, Today’s Vision, Made Ya Smile Dental, Mattress Firm, Pet Supplies Plus, JK Nails, and a possibly a sushi restaurant. In addition, there will be a Walmart Super Center and Panera Bread in the same area. Further east on Riley Fuzzle, will be Kroger, Pet Smart, Chick Fil A, Chilis, Popeyes, and Santikos Theatre – are expected at some point in the near future.
Considering long-term growth associated with the area, and ExxonMobil’s campus a short drive away, one would think a brand fashion giant would woo the neighborhood. Convenience and value is what people look for in retail centers within their communities. Multiple food-type eateries – other than fast, would be appealing to families and couples so it’s not necessary to leave the area. A quaint deli, a tea room and a few white table cloth restaurants would most likely please many. For so many of us, it would be of tremendous value to grab a nice not to far from home.