New store being erected at Grand Oaks Reserve development in Cleveland

This artist's rendering shows how the new convenience store at Grand Oaks Reserve will appear once it is finished.

Construction is moving at a brisk pace on projects at Grand Oaks Reserve in Cleveland. The latest addition – a convenience store that will house two restaurants – is being erected on the corner of SH 321 and the boulevard leading into the development.

Amanda DeRosario, vice-president of Willis-based McKinley Homebuilders and spokesperson for Grand Oaks Reserve, says the store will be an attractive addition to the neighborhood. Entryways on SH 321 and the boulevard will allow two access points onto the property.

When asked about the types of restaurants that likely will be located adjacent to the store, DeRosario said she has been told one is a deli but is uncertain about the second restaurant space.

“We sold that area to another builder, so the other company is the one developing the store project,” she said.

Construction workers have erected the exterior of a building that will house a convenience store and two restaurants. It is being built near the entrance of Grand Oaks Reserve in Cleveland.

Construction of the store is expected to wrap up by December, around the same time that McKinley expects to complete its five model homes and the Huddle House restaurant.

The company hopes the Huddle House restaurant will be just as successful as its sister restaurant in Huffman. The Chinese developers behind McKinley Development and Grand Oaks Reserve own the Huddle House franchise restaurants in Cleveland and Huffman.

“We are really excited about this part of the project. The restaurant in Huffman is doing extremely well. It’s among the top in the nation,” DeRosario said.

Progress on the five model homes is on schedule as construction workers are taking advantage of every day of sunshine. Because of the unpredictable nature of Texas weather – particularly during hurricane season, monitoring weather reports has become a daily routine.

“The Weather Channel has become our favorite channel,” DeRosario said jokingly. “When we get dry days, we advance well.”

When all projects wrap up in December, McKinley Development and its partners will plan grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremonies for each sometime in January.

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By Vanesa Brashier,


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Before creating Bluebonnet News in 2018, Vanesa Brashier was a community editor for the Houston Chronicle/Houston Community Newspapers. During part of her 12 years at the newspapers, she was assigned as the digital editor and managing editor for the Humble Observer, Kingwood Observer, East Montgomery County Observer and the Lake Houston Observer, and the editor of the Dayton News, Cleveland Advocate and Eastex Advocate. Over the years, she has earned more than two dozen writing awards, including Journalist of the Year.

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