Big things are taking place in Brenham. A rapidly growing population is calling for bigger infrastructures and bigger businesses. And rumors of a major expansion at HEB in Brenham have been confirmed.
“About a year ago we heard it was and we were actually told in July of 2011,” Explained Fantastic Sams Owner Lora Thye.
HEB Officials in Houston say the grocery chain has taken over a master lease inside the shopping center. While they could not officially comment on when those plans to expand will take place, businesses like Fantastic Sams who have been in operation for nearly 15 years are now having to find a new place to call home.
“We were a little scared, we weren't quite sure where we were going to go," Thye said.
While Thye and her neighbors were sitting in the midst of uncertainty -- she discovered a silver lining not too far away.
“We found a location right across the street and it's a much bigger location and we get to offer a lot more services and we get a beautiful grocery store that is expanding,” added Thye.
“I'm excited about the new move because we've always wanted a bigger and better salon so it's like an upgrade to us," said Fantastic Sams Hairstylist Chanda Lockett.
"We need a bigger grocery store, I don't know if you've been in there but we need more space and HEB has always been so good to the community, so the businesses that have to move will adapt," said Fantastic Sams customer David Patterson.
Accepting change -- Thye and her team will be starting off a new year with a new motto: bigger is better in Brenham.
The new salon is expected to be open by the end of the month. We spoke to management at Mariachi's Mexican restaurant who tell us they are still searching for a new location.