Mike Copeland: Shoppes at 684 lineup; Local JCPenney remains; Employment surprise; Roof repairs

Mike Copeland: Shoppes at 684 lineup; Local JCPenney remains; Employment surprise; Roof repairs

An Italian restaurant whose name rolls right off the tongue will join a high-end social club in a new development at State Highway 6 and Highway 84. DiCampli's Italian Ristorante could arrive as early as July 1, said Marshall Stewman, a developer converting an old nightclub into a retail and dining venue called The Shoppes at 684 Crossing. He joined several business leaders who linked up via Zoom on Thursday to discuss results of the latest Greater Waco Economic Index prepared by economist Karr Ingham. Afterward, he provided the Tribune-Herald with additional information. Massimo DiCampli will serve as proprietor and chef at the restaurant, Stewman said. DiCampli previously worked at Pignetti's Italian Restaurant in Temple, and most recently was general manager of Magnolia Table, Chip and Joanna Gaines' popular dining establishment on Waco's traffic circle. "I couldn't be more excited for this restaurant to open," Stewman said. He is collaborating with Waco real estate agent Gregg Glime on yet another local venture, The Outlook, at U.S. Highway 84 and Ritchie Road. "My family and I will definitely be there on opening night," Stewman said of DiCampli's. Stewman is a Baylor University graduate from the Dallas area. Stewman said the restaurant will have seating for 160 guests inside, but includes a covered patio and large private dining room "all with a great view into a floor-to-ceiling glass-enclosed wine room." Others committed to taking space at the Shoppes include Club Pilates, Revitalize Skin MD and East Market & Goods, a grocery store whose tagline is "cultivating the flavor of Asia," Stewman said in an email. Ace High Social Club will allow table games in a high-end, members-only setting, Stewman said, hedging his bet with a disclaimer: "I'm not 100% certain Ace High will be the final business name." Local entrepreneurs Jackson and Eric Wren and their Nightlight Donuts will have a dedicated building near the Highway 84 frontage road. Stewman said the space will have a double drive-thru, indoor seating and patio seating. He said its location should prove convenient to morning commuters. "The broader vision of the Shoppes at 684 Crossing project was centered around improving Waco through real estate development," Stewman said. "Though the property location was undisputedly prime, our major task for this project was to design and renovate a nondescript, aging building that had been used as various bars and clubs throughout the years into an upscale development where we would all want to go with our families." The architect, Specific Space, and contractor, Mitchell Construction, "did an amazing job making this vision come to life with the building." Retailer J.C. Penney Co. announced it will close 154 stores as part of its reorganization under Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The JCPenney store in Waco's Richland Mall has avoided elimination. Others in Texas did not, namely those at Timber Creek Crossing in Dallas; Crossroads Mall in ...
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