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Business Beat: O’Reilly Begins Renovations | business pace

O’Reilly Auto Parts has received a building permit to begin renovating space for its new “central store” in the High Plaza Center at 2430 S. High St.

Permit puts construction value of renovation at more than $1.2 million

The Springfield, Missouri-based auto parts retailer already has four stores in Longview. The company has said the store will be larger than its typical locations with more inventory and will serve as a “hub” for the other Longview locations.

BioLife opens

BioLife Plasma Services opens Saturday at 2531 Judson Road, in the North Loop Plaza shopping center. The space was previously occupied by the New Covenant Church (and a movie theater many years ago).

An over $5 million renovation project paved the way for its opening.

The company previously said the center would have 50 to 70 employees and would contribute $2 million to $3 million to the community in donor compensation.

New restaurant planned

Fun Noodle Bar plans to open next year at the Pinetree Center at Loop 281 and Gilmer Road in West Longview.

Alex Jiao, currently of Abilene, said he and a business associate will own the restaurant. While there are other Fun Noodle Bar locations, he said they’re not all part of the same company, but the food is similar. He plans to move to Longview once a building permit application is approved to redevelop the space where he will house his restaurant, in Suite 130.

The restaurant will feature “Asian food,” representing different countries, he said: Japanese-style ramen noodles, for example, as well as meatballs, egg rolls and beef with broccoli, among other menu items.

Once the permit is approved, he expects that the refurbishment of the space will likely take six months, considering the problems that could arise with the delivery of the necessary equipment.

The building permit application submitted to the City of Longview lists a building value of $200,000.

chuy’s progress

Chuy’s posted its sign this week at its new Longview location, at 208 E. Loop 281 across from Longview High School.

The restaurant chain has said it hopes to open on December 6.

raising prices

Median home prices in Longview continued to rise in the month of October.

A report from the Longview Area Association of Realtors said median home prices rose about 9% in October to $235,000, compared with $220,000 a year ago. Active listings fell 5% to 152 compared to a year ago and inventory was down 1.8 months. The number of closed sales grew about 3% to 91.

large new lots

Discount retailer Big Lots will celebrate the opening of its Mount Pleasant store on December 10.

The 31,978-square-foot store is located at 2306 S. Jefferson Ave. The grand opening will include incredible deals and scratch cards for the first 100 customers who offer up to $250 off a purchase.

“Our team has been hard at work bringing the Mount Pleasant community an amazing new store, and we’re so excited the day has finally come,” Big Lots President and CEO Bruce Thorn said in a prepared statement. “We’ve put a lot of thought into design, layout and presentation to make the experience the best it can be. Whether they’re new to Big Lots or haven’t been in a while, we hope shoppers stop by during our grand opening weekend to meet our friendly associates and explore the store.”

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