First the chicken fingers and then the gym. But maybe not in that order.
Anyone driving on Conway Avenue north of Griffin Parkway may have noticed construction crews at work on the west side of Conway just north of the Peter Piper Pizza. Though there are no signs at the site announcing it, the crews are working on Mission’s second Tru Fit Athletic Club. Also in the planning stages is the city’s first Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers restaurant. The latter will be constructed on Shary Road north of Expressway in a city designated development zone.
Barring weather delays Tru Fit’s Texas Vice-President Jesse Escamilla said the 22,000 square foot athletic club is scheduled to open September 30. He said it will be a full service athletic club offering the same amenities as the club’s first Mission property in the 1700 block of east Griffin Parkway.
Escamilla said the club will offer a large training area, executive locker rooms, Zumba, Yoga, weight training classes, step, kick boxing and cycling among others. The property will also include a Kids Fun Center for children ages 3 months to 12 years of age. It will also have a large training area with more than 70 cardio machines, free weights, circuit machine equipment and personal trainers.
The company was the recipient of a $100,000 grant from Mission’s Economic Development Corporation.
Yesterday representatives with the engineering firm hired to construct a Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers in Mission met with members of the city’s planning department to finalize plans for the restaurant. Carlos Garza, of AEC Engineering, LLC, said the Mission restaurant is just one of 40 planned for Texas. The Mission restaurant will be located on Shary Road north of Expressway 83 in an area designated as a development district by the city. Garza said engineers with his firm planned to go over designs with the city planners and to pay for the hookup to city water lines.
Mission Planning Director Jaime Acevedo said Wednesday the restaurant chain has signed a 30-year lease for the site with Weingarten Real Estate Investors which owns several properties in the development zone. If all went well with the meeting between restaurant and city officials the city would likely issue a building permit next week, Acevedo said.