Mansfield News

Aristide sold; Jason’s Deli still set to open

For a pair of owners who never wanted to run their business, Larry and Cheryl Nix managed to find success in the Aristide Events and Conference Center.

The 15,500-square-foot wedding factory hitched 75 couples last year, cranking out $1.5 million in revenue.

“The original intent when we opened it was to have someone else run it,” said Larry Nix. “It was always hard to find a manager for it, so we did it ourselves. It paid off well.”

But they couldn’t pass on an opportunity to sell the venue, which they opened Feb. 5, 2010, at 570 N. Walnut Creek Drive. The deal with new owners Keith and Sarah Walters closed Dec. 31. Misty Webb is the new manager.

The Walters took over a business that came plump with about $1 million worth of nuptial bookings for 2015, Nix said.

Aristide, large enough to host weddings for about 400 attendees, now is part of the Walters Wedding Estates, a collection of five wedding properties in North Texas, with a sixth in the works, according to its website.

After they bought out their partner 3 ½ years ago, Cheryl Nix quit her teaching job in the Mansfield school district to spend more time with the business.

Nix said their first manager didn’t work out.

“So we had to do something fast,” he said. “So Cheryl learned how to do weddings – and she had a real knack for it.”

They still have the Tuscan on Walnut Creek Office Park at 601 Strada Circle to keep them busy selling and leasing space. Nix said the 8.5-acre site still has five lots remaining for building offices.

Deli delays

The wait continues at the site of the planned Jason’s Deli sandwich shop at 1718 U.S. 287 North, but progress is being made. The needed foundation and structural repairs have been completed by the previous owner, said Richard Nevins, the city’s assistant economic development director.

And now the final plans are being circulated among the various city departments that have to sign off on it for the building permit, said Ryan McIntosh of Trinity Partners Commercial Real Estate, Jason’s brokerage representatives.

“They’re a large company with a lot of stores across the nation,” McIntosh said. “Sometimes they’ve got one architect and it takes a while to get things finalized.”

He assured Mansfield fans of the sandwich shop that the project hasn’t been forgotten.

“They own the building,” he said, “so they’re going to open.”

Where’s Walmart?

Preliminary plans for a Walmart superstore that quickly ran into neighborhood opposition in east Mansfield still have not been submitted to the city – six months after city officials first expected them. More than 100 residents crowded a City Council meeting in June to fight what they feared would be a 175,000-square-foot, 24-hour store.

Walmart had contracted on a 23-acre tract in the southeast quadrant of East Broad Street and North Holland Road. But the project went silent after that.

“The last time we met with them was in the fall,” said City Planning Director Felix Wong.

He said the initial sales contract with the property owner apparently ended in late fall of 2014.

Medical waste

RadAway LLC of Dallas is still mulling whether to attempt to do business in Mansfield, CEO Justin Smith said Friday. The medical waste processing company ran into opposition in August when it proposed moving into a 15,000-square-foot building it leased at 208 Sentry Drive, in the Mansfield Industrial Park. The City Council imposed a 120-day moratorium on permits for such facilities, giving time for the city to bolster its regulations. Two key new provisions require medical waste operations to seek specific-use permits and restrict them to the city’s most intensive zoning.

“We’re working with some legal counsel and trying to decide what our options are,” Smith said. Asked if the company is considering suing the city, he said, “No, no. We want to work with the city, not sue the city.” He noted that the state still has not decided on a permit that would allow RadAway to operate in the city if the city were to allow it.

Raising Cane’s

With a building demolished and cleared, construction on the Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers restaurant at 1720 FM 157 should being soon, said Robert Montgomery, the company’s property development director.

“We are almost permitted,” he said. “The building plan has not been released…. Within a few weeks we should be under way as far as construction.”

Dairy Queen

Plans for a Dairy Queen on East Broad Street, across from Mansfield High School, have been withdrawn with no explanation, Wong said. The restaurant would have gone next to a planned Chicken Express, which is now under construction between the former Dairy Queen site and Sonic restaurant, which has been operating at 3120 E. Broad St. since 2002.

Robert Cadwallader, 817-390-7641

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