Two new businesses come to town12/18/08

Dec. 18, 2008

Despite the recession and economic uncertainty, there are new businesses opening in Williston. The Texas Roadhouse restaurant opened its doors on Monday and expects to thrive.


    Observer photo by Tim Simard
The new Lumber Liquidators warehouse and retail showroom will finish moving into its location at 329 Harvest Lane by the end of the year. For now, much of the hardwood flooring store’s goods can be found in this temporary trailer.

“We offer food at a great value,” said Jerry DiCroce, the company’s marketing partner for New York and Vermont. “In this economy, people are still looking for a great value.”

DiCroce said the restaurant, the first of the franchise in Vermont, is going through a soft opening for the next four weeks and is hoping word-of-mouth from area residents will attract diners. The restaurant opens at 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, and at 11:30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Lumber Liquidators, a national hardwoods flooring chain, will be moving into its new location at 329 Harvest Lane before the end of the year, according to manager Ronald Vincent. The building, where the store is opening, also houses Natural Provisions and Goodwill.

Vincent said the location, totaling about 5,500 square feet, still needs its floor installed before inventory and store computers can be set up. In the meantime, Lumber Liquidators is selling goods out of a trailer, located on premises.

Lumber Liquidators is also looking to add signage on the Harvest Lane building and is asking the Development Review Board for permission to make changes to current signs. The board is scheduled to hear from store representatives at its next meeting on Jan. 13.

Once moved in, the store will have a soft opening through the winter before a possible grand opening in the spring, Vincent said.

— Tim Simard, Observer staff