Comings and Goings

In the city of cowboys and culture, here’s a quick look at some of the things happening on the cowboy side of town.

Just in time for the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo, a Courtyard Marriott hotel is opening in the Fort Worth Stockyards in late January. Dubbed the Courtyard Fort Worth Historic Stockyards, the four-story, 124-room hotel is located at 2537 North Main St., just a few steps away from Billy Bob’s Texas and the Cowtown Coliseum. Some of the hotel’s amenities include a fitness center, outdoor pool and café serving breakfast, dinner, cocktails and coffee. According to Courtyard, the hotel was custom-built to match the Stockyards’ unique Western flare.

Several potential retailers are in talks to occupy the former M.L. Leddy’s space at 410 Houston St., according to Sundance Square. The boot and saddle maker, which has been in business since 1922, closed its Sundance Square location in December to consolidate inventory at its Stockyards location at 2455 North Main St. Meanwhile, former Leddy’s buyer and manager Leslie Harding Distler moved to The Foundry District, north of West Seventh Street, becoming the chief creative officer of Feathers, a women’s apparel and gift shop at 2621 Whitmore St. Feathers is set to open in January.

Once the Stock Show and Rodeo is over in February, construction is expected to begin on the new Multipurpose Arena at Will Rogers Memorial Center. The $450 million project, located at Harley Avenue and Gendy Street along Montgomery Street, will seat up to 14,000 people and host events like concerts, sporting events and – of course – the rodeo. Currently under construction is a six-level, 2,200-space parking garage. The parking garage is expected to open in late 2017, with the arena finishing construction in late 2019. Along with the parking garage and arena, the city also plans to start work on Montgomery Street in June, creating a five-lane road from Interstate 30 to Harley Avenue and four lanes from Harley Avenue to Camp Bowie Boulevard, as well as a path for bikers and pedestrians.


The Waterside development at Bryant Irvin Road and Arborlawn Drive hosted a tree planting ceremony Oct. 22 in celebration of its grand opening. Waterside’s anchor grocery store Whole Foods Market is now open, while additional tenants like Piattello Italian Kitchen and Katour’s hair salon are set to open before the end of the year.

Parker-Hannifin, a company that manufactures motion and control technologies and systems, will be renovating an existing call center at 4701 Mercantile Drive to become a 242,400-square-foot office and manufacturing facility. The facility will house Parker-Hannifin’s Stratoflex Products Division, which manufactures fluid conveyance systems for aircraft. The company plans to spend at least $25.5 million on the project.

The Fort Worth Zoo announced a campaign to raise $100 million for new exhibits, renovations and other upgrades. According to zoo officials, about $90 million has already been raised, and the remaining $10 million will be raised by the public.

Construction on the Tanger Outlets is underway. The shopping center will be located off Interstate 35 and Texas State Highway 114 and is expected to have more than 350,000 square feet of retail space.

Construction on the Texas Live! entertainment district around Globe Life Park began at the end of October. The $250 million first phase includes 200,000 square feet of dining and entertainment space, as well as a 300-room hotel.


Sweet Tomatoes in the West Seventh Street development has closed after its parent company, Garden Fresh Restaurant Corp., filed for bankruptcy in early October. An unspecified number of other stores closed nationwide, and all Dallas-Fort Worth locations have since been removed from Sweet Tomatoes’ website.

Another restaurant that closed in October was Thurber Mingus, a burger and taco joint formerly located at 4400 White Settlement Road. The restaurant had been open for a little more than a year.
Carnival Food Store is no more. The grocery store closed its location at 102 Northwest 28th St. in late October.


Salsa Limón has picked up and left the Cultural District. In late October, moving company H.D. Snow & Son House Moving lifted the restaurant’s 1940s diner-style building and moved it from 929 University Drive to 5012 White Settlement Road. Salsa Limón plans to reopen in its new location in mid-November. 

Engineering firm Burns & McDonnell moved its Fort Worth office from 6500 West Freeway to the Pier 1 Imports building downtown. The company reports experiencing about 540 percent local growth since 2010.