Construction crews have begun bulldozing the old Albertson's store across from Texas A&M to make room for a multi-million dollar high-rise apartment project. It's all part of some big changes coming to the corner of University Drive and South College in College Station.
As the owner of a thriving bike shop, Richard Barnes knows a thing or two about picking up speed when it comes time for a change. College Station has been home to BCS Bicycles for the last 22 years.
"Even with the economy as bad as it was or is, we're still running ahead of last year, and like I said, was our best year since 1998,” said Barnes.
The business has relocated twice; and in Barnes’ case, customers like Courtney Reed always come back for more.
“He really has good customer service and he has a little dog and I feel like I'm heard here and the prices are really good,” said Reed.
And now Barnes is gearing up for a third move in March of 2013.
“The last two moves have told me that I can anticipate having a ten percent drop in business after I move,” said Barnes.
Barnes' business is located two doors down from the old Albertsons. Two days ago Bulldozers began tearing through it; making room for "The Stack;" a five-story student apartment-style housing complex with two underground levels of structured parking.
Barnes has been anticipating the move since he signed his lease more than two years ago; he says he's thankful the management company is giving him an extension to move until busy season rolls through.
“August 15th through the end of October, that's our busiest 75-day run for the entire year; if we would have had to move that would have been a detrimental to business,” said Barnes.
Barnes hopes the third move will be his last; and in the meantime, he says as far as he’s concerned…it’s business as usual.
“When you're a small fish like I am, you're at the mercy of people around you and you sort of have to learn to go with the flow,” said Barnes.
Hurricane Harry's Bar will not be relocating due to the construction. The five-story apartment complex is said to house 400 students. Construction is expected to be complete in 2013.