Gene Allen's Gifts closing Arlington store on Park Row

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Connie Gauntt, the owner of Gene Allen's Gifts in Arlington since 1996, recently told her friends and customers that she is closing the chain's store on Park Row Drive on March 15.

Gauntt said she was unable to negotiate a new lease for the location.

"It is with a heavy heart that I must announce the closing," she wrote. "Our Gene Allen's family is as heartbroken over this difficult decision as many of you are."

A store closing sale has begun at the location.

"In an effort to clear out our inventory we will be offering unprecedented discounts on all of our popular items.

"In addition, all display cases, fixtures and even some 'one of a kind' antiques will be sold," she said.

Gene Allen's has been in business 48 years. Its other stores are on Randol Mill Road, west of Fielder Road and off Little Road and Interstate 20.

Express Oil Change

James Harrison is opening the Metroplex's first franchise location of Express Oil Change & Service Centers.

The store will open in mid-March at 9990 Grapevine Highway in Hurst.

Harrison, 26, is a 2009 graduate of TCU. He's getting into the business after building a real estate portfolio of remodeled rental and sale properties, the company said.

"My thought process was, why not start early? Doing this while I'm young gives me countless opportunities for future growth," Harrison said. "When the opportunity presented itself, I seized it."

He already has an eye on expansion, with plans to open a second location in the next two years, and as many as 10 in the Metroplex in the future.

With 195 stores in 12 states, Alabama-based Express Oil Change is one of the top three independently owned quick-lube chains in the nation. It offers a 10-minute, full-service, drive-through oil change that includes a 20-point courtesy vehicle inspection and fluid top-offs.

It also has a full-service repair department.

Cook endowed chairs

Cook Children's Health Foundation last week established a $10 million program of endowed chairs, recognizing Dr. Warren Marks and Dr. Paul Thornton as the first honorees.

The Fort Worth-based pediatric healthcare organization said the physicians "have focused their efforts on developing unique programs to help patients who may not find the same level of care outside of the South and Western United States."

They were honored at a Thursday-night reception.

"Dr. Marks will develop a comprehensive clinical center for pediatric movement disorders," building on an existing neurosciences program, Cook Children's said. "Dr. Thornton will help to further the work of the Cook Children's Congenital Hyperinsulinism Center, which has a national reputation and continues to gain prominence."

The organization said the endowment "is a significant commitment to the Cook Children's Promise to improve the health of every child in the region and will provide the funding the physicians need to support those efforts."

It said three additional recipients will be named in the future.

Sandra Baker, 817-390-7727

Jim Fuquay, 817-390-7552

Barry Shlachter, 817-390-7718

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