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H&E Equipment Services opens new branch in Beaumont

H&E Equipment Services Inc. announced Tuesday, Jan. 31, the opening of its new branch in Beaumont, joining neighboring branches in Houston, Pasadena and Lake Charles, Louisiana, for a total of 78 branches nationwide.

New professional business center slated for Lumberton among other new construction

Lumberton should see a new strip center intended for professional businesses in the upcoming months, in addition to other new construction. Lee Grantz, who also owns the Auto Plaza in Lumberton that opened two and a half years ago, will be the owner of the new building.
The Lumberton City Council approved a variance request from Grantz at its Jan. 9 meeting. The council held a public hearing before the regular meeting to discuss the request and hear the recommendations from the zoning committee, presented by chairman Steve Stafford.

Lumberton Chamber gets $1,000 from Helping Hands foundation

In the Lumberton City Council meeting Jan. 23, the council unanimously approved acceptance of a $1,000 donation from Allstate Insurance’s Helping Hands foundation, according to city secretary Susan Collins.
Councilman Kenneth Wall made the motion and Mayor Pro Tem Sharon Spears seconded it before the vote.
City Manager Steve Clark said the donation will go to the Lumberton Chamber of Commerce, but the city council had to approve the donation first.

Southeast Texas grocer remodels Nederland location

Market Basket announced Monday, Jan. 30, an entirely new look for its Nederland store at 212 N. 27th St. in Nederland.
The remodeling includes added and revitalized departments throughout the store and starts outside with fresh clean graphics and a large center entrance/exit.
Shoppers are greeted with a new floral department inside the front door that offers fresh-cut seasonal flowers, bouquets and arrangements for every occasion, as well as plants.

Vidor shopping center seeing rapid growth

Vidor Square at 535 N. Main St. is quickly filling up with businesses, as Pizza Hut, which was previously located across the street at 580 N Main St, will have moved into the shopping center in Suite A by the second week of February, as will hair salon Pirate Cuts in Suite C. Marvin Kapadia of Zulag Properties, which owns the shopping center, said he is currently in negotiations to bring Baskin Robbins and Dunkin Donuts to the shopping center as well. If those two businesses commit, there will only be one suite remaining available for lease. Each suite is 1,200 square feet, Kapadia said.

Chris Abbott named CEO of UnitedHealthcare Medicare & Retirement in Texas and Oklahoma

Christopher M. Abbott was recently named chief executive officer of UnitedHealthcare Medicare & Retirement in Texas and Oklahoma. He brings deep expertise in the health care industry to the role. Abbott joined UnitedHealthcare in 2002 and has served in a number of Medicare-related roles, most recently as its Medicare & Retirement CEO for Wisconsin and Michigan.

Beaumont Main Street expects more downtown redevelopment in 2017

For 25 years, Beaumont Main Street has been working to “revitalize” and “restore” downtown Beaumont’s historical buildings.
During its annual meeting Jan. 17, the Build Inc. group honored five, 10 and 20-year members and announced completed and upcoming projects.
This year, the American National Bank Building downtown had interior remodeling to restore its 1962 look, executive director Tom Bell explained. Developers are currently looking at the Hotel Beaumont, the Capital One drive-thru, and Edison Plaza.

Beaumont Chamber celebrates 114th birthday

Members and guests gathered Wednesday, Jan. 25, to celebrate the 114th birthday of the Greater Beaumont Chamber of Commerce at the Chamber’s office.
Serving the needs of Southeast Texas businesses for more than a century is quite an accomplishment, said Greater Beaumont Chamber of Commerce President Regina Lindsey.

Matrix laser show coming to downtown Port Arthur

Plan to catch a choreographed laser show each night of Mardi Gras of Southeast Texas, from Thursday, Feb. 23 – Sunday, Feb. 26, in downtown Port Arthur. Graphics, dimensional aerial fans, waves and beam matrix laser effects combine with a musical soundtrack.
The Yellowfin Elite Redfish Series Classic Kickoff, with live weigh ins and decorated boat “floats” in Saturday’s Majestic Krewe of Aurora Grand Parade, is another new feature.

Valero and Gift of Life partner to provide health screenings in PA

Through the generous support of Valero Port Arthur Refinery, 34 medically underserved Southeast Texas women recently received free Gift of Life clinical breast exams, mammograms and primary care screenings at Queen of Vietnam Catholic Church in Port Arthur.
Valero Public Affairs Manager Barbara Phillips attended the site to warmly welcome clients, who expressed appreciation for Valero’s benevolent sponsorship.
“Today I had my first mammogram,” said one Gift of Life client. “I’m so thankful for the support this program offers the community.”