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Stockdale is growing up!
A new professional building is coming to the city.
Thompson Square – with seven shopping spaces – will fill the site of the former Lowe’s Market, which was once Super S Foods, on SH 123 on the north side of Stockdale.
Businesswoman Jennifer Baird, who served on the board of directors of Stockdale Economic Development Corp. “Intermittently for about 10 years” and served last year as a director of the company, will transform the site.
âBeing from here and being an entrepreneur, the vision came to me,â said the owner of All Tucked Inn Cabins in Stockdale and Nixon. Business runs in the family; her husband, Dan, created and operates Iron Texas Custom Designs in Stockdale, and their son, Trevor Baumann, is a real estate agent with Running S Realty in the city.
Since Lowe’s closed, Stockdale has run out of grocery stores. Why transform the 10,000 square foot site into smaller commercial spaces?
A grocery store is not permitted under the sales contract, Baird explained. However, there is a meat market, and this will be one of the new construction businesses, which Baird will dramatically redevelop, keeping the work local using West Bros. Construction and Lace Designs.
âWe need a certain type of food here,â said the administrator of Stockdale EDC, adding that while several companies are providing support to the community in this area, more is needed. The meat market will include 2,200 square feet of the former Lowe’s site.
She spent six months negotiating the deal before announcing the plans on Jan.20.
Retail and business space is “impossible to find on SH 123,” Baird said. It capitalizes on this need.
âThat’s where the plan comes from,â she explained. “I really love to fix things! And I see the potential of Stockdale.
The city has great people, she says. But he needs business opportunities and places to work for community members.
âWe need the industry here; you have to offer jobs, âBaird said. âCreating this business park is an absolute priority. “
The site will be called Thompson Square. It’s a nod to Baird’s roots.
âThompson is my maiden name,â she said. This is the foundation of its entrepreneurial spirit.
His parents moved to Stockdale when Baird was 3 years old. This is where she grew up and this is where she built her life.
âAll around us, cities are flourishing,â she says. Stockdale is also seeing progress, including gaining voter approval last November for changes to county liquor laws that will open up the sale of alcoholic beverages to Stockdale and Pandora. Two companies have applied for alcoholic beverage licenses, Baird said. JP Tire & Lube on SH 123 is expanding, another encouraging sign.
Potential businesses that the Stockdale EDC board and business community hope to attract include a liquor store, cafe, and “restaurants with longer hours!” Baird added, laughing. Community members also asked if a nutrition store was possible.
EDC worked to improve downtown Stockdale and worked with the Floresville Electric Light & Power System (FELPS) to achieve better street lighting.
âI have a really, really good board from EDC, with some really smart people,â Baird said. âIt makes a huge difference! ”
She’s put in a lot of effort, and the Thompson Square project will take more, but Baird is nothing, if he’s not determined. After all, when she created All Tucked Inn, people questioned her decision. It has been 12 years now and the company is still going strong.
She is determined to bring more opportunities and more business to Stockdale.
âI’m going to give it more effort, more encouragement,â Baird said. âI’m not going to stop.
Stockdale – or real people live
In the 1940s, the grandparents of Stockdale entrepreneur Jennifer Thompson Baird lived in a one-room chicken coop. It was heated by a wood stove, an outside pump jack provided water, there was no plumbing, and the beds were made by Jennifer’s grandfather out of 2 Ã 4 wood. Her grandparents were nothing fancy, but they were loving, hardworking, and very self-confident. In time, Jennifer’s grandmother would buy North America’s first McDonald’s with a hitch position – in Indiana Amish country – and her grandfather’s master’s thesis would become a text for industrial arts in high school. .
In 1949, Jennifer’s father, Dennis, was born; he lived in this henhouse with his parents until a bigger house was built in front. He remained there for the next 18 years. The names on the mailboxes where he began his life are still familiar, as it is a place where real people rarely live and leave.
In the 1970s, Dennis fell in love with Texas. He moved his family here in the late 1970s and looked for a place to give his daughters what he knew as a child. And Stockdale was.
Today, the names of the great people of Stockdale and the surrounding area live in the DNA of Jennifer and her three sisters – the Thompson daughters – and their children, and their children’s children.
In the early 1980s, while doing business in San Antonio, Jennifer’s father was asked where he lived.
Stockdale, he said.
“This is where real people live,” replied the man.
As told by Dennis Thompson.