Construction is now in progress on a new 5,700-square-foot QuikTrip (QT) convenience store at the northwest corner of Irving Heights and Irving Boulevard. According to QT Real Estate Manager Jim Beilman, this will be QT’s third of four planned stores in Irving, and the second of its new GEN3 stores, featuring an all new exterior appearance, expanded fresh food selections and a barista bar serving hot and cold specialty coffee drinks, smoothies and ice cream. The Irving Boulevard location, which will be easily accessible to Loop 12 motorists, is scheduled to open in January.
An example of reinvestment found on Irving Boulevard is the much-celebrated reopening of an Irving icon — Griff’s Hamburgers. Located near the intersection of Strickland Plaza and Falcon Street, the new-and-improved restaurant opened in July.
Built on the site of the original store dating from March 1963, the restaurant features a contemporary exterior, spacious dining area and drive-through lane. The renovated restaurant retains the recognizable street sign along Irving Boulevard. According to longtime store manager Ida White, the community’s response to the reopening has been overwhelming with this location shattering every previous Griff’s restaurant sales record in its first month of operation.
Another Irving Boulevard improvement can be credited to a new program that provides grant funding to businesses that undergo a façade enhancement. Put in place by Irving City Council in January 2013, this program offers up to a $25,000 cash rebate for qualifying improvements made to the front façades of existing commercial/retail buildings along Irving Boulevard and Second Street from Strickland Plaza to Sowers Road.
Available for lease, a multipurpose building located at 605 E. Irving Boulevard (across the street from Porter’s Army Navy Store), contains 3,000 square feet. With assistance from the city, this edifice underwent a complete remodeling.
According to building owner Sonny Mansoori, assistance by the city allows small business owners, like himself, to make needed improvements to the exterior of their buildings that otherwise may not occur. The program was designed to complement the overall redevelopment initiative under way in Irving’s historic downtown area.
City leaders provide frequent development updates at scheduled City Council meetings. For more information and program guidelines, contact Redevelopment Administrator Kevin Kass at (972) 721-2251 or email@example.com.