June 20, 2008

Retail Strip Mall Replacing Sizzlin’

By Karen Smith Welch, Amarillo Globe-News, Texas

Jun. 19--The property's no longer sizzlin', but its owners hope it will be a business hot spot.

A new retail strip center will replace the Western Sizzlin' Steak & More Restaurant, now being razed at West Interstate 40 and Wolflin Avenue.

"We're really very open-minded on who (tenants) we have in there," said Cody Graham of Dick Graham Construction, owner and developer of the property. "That's all I can comment on right now."

The as-yet-unnamed center will be 16,000 square feet, with interior spaces sized to meet tenants' needs, Cody Graham said. He expects activity in the area to pick up due to the center's position between the Western Crossing shopping center under construction to the west at I-40 and Western Street and retail businesses to the east at I-40 and Georgia Street.

Howell Sand Co. should complete demolition of the former restaurant structure soon, he said, estimating that construction could begin in 30 to 45 days. He declined to divulge the cost of the project.

The Grahams purchased the 1.2-acre property in late 2007 from Amarillo CACO, a local limited partnership. The Amarillo Western Sizzlin' closed last June and the building's contents were sold in an August auction.

The Potter-Randall Appraisal District lists the appraisal value of the property, including the 8,700-square-foot vacant restaurant, at $590,486.


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