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Walmart dances into Texas Hall of Fame

Published: Thursday, June 7, 2012

Updated: Wednesday, July 25, 2012 22:07

Proposed plans are in the works to bring a second Walmart to Bryan with intentions to stimulate growth on the west side of town.

“It’s not really a done deal yet and I am not at liberty to say too much till it’s all signed, sealed and completed. We hope to have closure
here in the next couple of weeks or so,”

said Dennis Goehring Bryan’s director of economic development.

This would be the third Walmart to come to the Brazos Valley, one of which is located in College Station.

 “Another Walmart will bring in more jobs and with the bio corridor coming into bloom as it is, there isn’t a grocery store anywhere on the west side of the railroad tracks in Bryan. And with the west side growing, it’s time for opportunities like this to come into fruition,” Goehring said.

Goehring estimates there will be about 300 job-based opportunities that would come with the new Walmart, but said he was unable to divulge more details.

“Just know that growth is part of everything. If we’re growing on that side, grocery stores and other things will join along the way,” Goehring said.

Bryan officials did not answer questions as to whether the city approached Walmart or vice-versa.

The location being considered for the development is located on FM 2818 and Villa Maria — where the Texas Hall of Fame dance hall sits, vacant.

The Texas Hall of Fame closed its doors Dec. 22, 2011. It closed nearly 13 months after owner Johnny Lyon’s death, per his request.

Walmart’s spokesman has not responded to calls or messages regarding the matter, and details such as whether the Hall would be renovated or torn down are unclear at this time.

“Going dancing at the Hall was considered a kind of unspoken Aggie tradition in most people’s eyes and I am really going to miss it,” said Kristen Currie, senior agricultural leadership and development major.

The closing of the Hall not only affected where students and locals went to dance but also left some people without jobs.

Chase Lambscome, Class of 2009 and former bartender at the Texas Hall of Fame, said he stumbled upon the job after meeting a fellow bartender from the Hall on Northgate
one night.

“For the most part, you worked with a lot of other Aggies. It was great. You got to be around a lot of people who went through the same things in life as you,” Lambscome said.

Lambscome also said the Hall wasn’t just a place for people to go dance but that it was a place full of memories.

“The last night we were open was for a wedding reception and the bride told us that we could let anybody else in that wanted to come in to say goodbye to the place,” Lambscome said. “We had a lot of people come in there who just wanted to get pictures in front of the stage one last time.”

 

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