Twin Peaks building

Indiana-based Scotty’s Brewhouse, which specializes in burgers and craft beer, has bought the former Twin Peaks building in Central Texas Marketplace, the scene of a bloody shootout involving law enforcement and bikers in May 2015.

Staff photo — Jerry Larson, file

A building permit has been secured to remodel the former Twin Peaks building in Central Texas Marketplace, the scene of a deadly shootout between rival biker groups in May 2015.

Officials with the Indiana-based Scotty’s Brewhouse restaurant chain said two weeks ago they had bought the building. It was built to resemble a hunting lodge and has remained vacant since the shootout. The permit estimates the cost of replacing the facade and making minor changes to the interior at $250,000. The city of Waco issued the permit to Arizona-based Store Master Funding.

Store Master Funding has not returned several phone calls seeking comment on the transaction and the sales price of the building, which once was listed for more than $4 million, according to sources.

Other permits of note issued by the city of Waco recently include:

  • Remodel of the Dollar Tree store at Bosque Boulevard and Wooded Acres Drive, $125,000.
  • Remodel of the Starbucks location at Wooded Acres Drive and Bosque Boulevard, $225,000, Lake Air Holdings.

Gas prices rising again

After falling for weeks, gas prices are heading upward, according to AAA Texas in its Texas Weekend Gas Watch.

The statewide average price for a gallon of regular unleaded rose a nickel to $2.30 during the week ending Thursday, according to AAA.

“According to the Energy Information Administration, the latest gasoline demand measurement is the highest for the end of October since 2006,” AAA wrote. “As consumers fill up their tanks more frequently, supply levels are tightening, which is causing gas prices to increase.”

While prices are increasing, Texas is home to the fourth-lowest gas prices in the country, according to AAA

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30 hours of toys

Toys R Us has filed for bankruptcy protection, but the retailer is not letting legal maneuvering hinder holiday sales.

Stores will open doors at 5 p.m. Thanksgiving Day and continue operating until 11 p.m. on Black Friday, a total of 30 hours, according to a press release. The National Retail Federation found that almost 100 million people shopped at brick-and-mortar stores over the long Thanksgiving weekend last year, according to the press release.

‘Invitation to Innovation’

A seminar titled “An Invitation to Innovation” is being offered to the public free of charge Friday in the Cooper Room of the Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce headquarters downtown, according to a press release.

It is being sponsored by the entrepreneurship program at Baylor University and the Waco chamber, and will last from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Participants will learn techniques for encouraging creativity and innovation in a business organization, according to the press release.

“Companies will leave with both the mindset and a tool set to nurture creative problem-solving,” the press release states.

Boozer’s ‘After Hours’

Boozer’s Jewelers will host “Business After Hours” from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, and members of the Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce who bring their business cards will get a preview of Boozer’s “famous Christmas sale,” according to an invitation.

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