Hello AJ readers!
One of the biggest stories this week was a sad one as the potential saviors of the Joyland theme park called it quits. The news broke Tuesday, when the Dean family announced the longtime park would not reopen for a 51st season.
“It is with a broken heart that we have to announce that Joyland Amusement Park will not reopen after all,” the post read. “The local investor group that originally agreed to buy the company backed out of the sale.”
Those prospective buyers — Jim and Kai Evans and Darryl and Stephanie Holland — shared a statement with the Avalanche-Journal later Tuesday.
“We share the disappointment that we cannot move forward with the acquisition of Joyland – as our team has encountered numerous obstacles preventing a successful transition. Our intention to purchase this Lubbock landmark was serious from day one – but a number of overwhelming factors – mainly the inability to obtain specialty insurance, vandalism during the off-season, dwindling experienced staff to move over, the rapidly approaching spring operating season – and many other factors – contributed to this very difficult decision. We appreciate the efforts of the Dean family, the City of Lubbock and the citizens for their support of our sincere efforts. A tremendous amount of time, energy, and investment went into researching this venture—including a redesign of the entrance design, a proposed splash pad, and many other upgrades for the benefit of the family and our community—but factors beyond our control were too great to overcome. “
More:Buyers pull out of Joyland amusement park rescue, liquidation begins
Several readers reached out regarding rumors that an Ollie’s Bargain Outlet could be coming to Lubbock in 2023. We got confirmation from the company this week, though they didn’t confirm the exact address.
“Opening in Lubbock, TX is planned for mid-May 2023,” said Rachael Feuchtenberger, the company’s customer service representative. “We hope to see you there!”
A story was published on Friday about how the family’s small nursery plans to grow this year. Anna Johnson of Little Red Nursery discussed plans for the 8,400 square foot greenhouse and further ideas on how to branch out in the community.
More:Big plans for growing Lubbock’s Little Red Nursery: Massive greenhouse, new store, more
Planet Fitness opened its second Lubbock location at 5005 Marsha Sharp Freeway on January 9. Oceans Behavioral Hospital also held a ribbon cutting for the 32-bed facility on Tuesday, January 10th. On Jan. 11, Domino’s announced the news of its newest location at 7611 82nd St., which opened Dec. 31.
Mom Lounge, owned by friends Mary McCabe and Anne O’Steen, will open on Monday, January 16. Classes are available for booking at themomlounge.com.
Next week I hope to hear back from some sources regarding a few new restaurants.
As always, thank you for reading and supporting AJ.
Alana Edgin is a reporter covering business news in and around Lubbock. Send her a news tip at [email protected]