North Loop Plaza, at Loop 281 and Judson Road in Longview, will see the opening of a new plasma donation center in the mall later this year.
A more than $5 million renovation project is currently underway for BioLife Plasma Services at 2531 Judson Road. The space once occupied by the New Testament Church (and a movie theater many years ago) is divided into two rental spaces.
“We expect to open the plasma donation center in late fall 2022,” he said. “BioLife centers employ approximately 50-70 staff once and are fully operational and will contribute $2 million to $3 million to the community in donor compensation.” Company representative Alicia Highlander. “The new Longview Center is entirely electric as part of a sustainability initiative to reduce the company’s environmental footprint.”
She said the company is expanding in part to encourage more people to donate plasma to meet the “increasing demand for plasma medicines.”
“Plasma donations are used to create life-saving medicines for hundreds of thousands of people suffering from rare and complex chronic diseases, including immunodeficiency disorders,” she said.
Downtown bar opens
Firehouse Sushi Bar is now open in downtown Longview.
In a Facebook post, the business was described as “bar first, sushi second.”
“We are not a full-fledged sushi restaurant because we have a kitchenette, but we do it right,” reads a post from the restaurant.
The menu includes about 20 cocktails, signature picks, seasonal wines and sake, beer, whiskey, gin, rum, and other liquors, as well as sushi rolls, poke bowls, and other items.
Firehouse Sushi Bar is located at 106 E. Tyler St. , where Gerald’s Martini Bar was formerly located. Hours of operation are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to midnight on Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.
Supply companies to move
MORSCO HVAC Supply and Morrison Supply Co. In Longview, the sites will combine with the planned construction of a new 35,000-square-foot building that will be at the southeast corner of Marshall Street and Lake Lamond Road.
Permission for the project has begun in Longview, and Ben Hampton, Moresco’s director of operations, said an initial planned opening is November 2023.
“It has several positives, only one of which is that a large percentage of our customer base does HVAC and plumbing,” he said. “This will allow them to shop in one place.”
Morrison and MORSCO are part of the same larger company, which was bought several years ago by The Reece Group, the Australian provider of plumbing, HVAC and waterworks products.
Hampton said the company is still investing in this project to unite the two sites despite the risk of an economic recession.
“It’s a long-term plan here, and I’m excited about it,” he said.
The new location will have 14-foot ceilings, making more room for taller shelves and making room for more products but the same amount of square feet as the stores now. Staffing at the co-location is expected to grow.
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