University Plaza Make-Over Forces Businesses to Close Doors - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

3/6/06

University Plaza Make-Over Forces Businesses to Close Doors

On Monday, the doors shut on a 22 year-old Lubbock landmark, and a 30 year-old legacy. One Guy's along with four other businesses received an e-mail saying they had one week to move out, and Monday was that deadline.

NewsChannel 11 researched to find out who bought the University Plaza building, and according to the Lubbock Appraisal District, it was a company by the name of LP SHPUP based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Sources tell NewsChannel 11 that University Plaza will soon turn into a major $20-million renovation project, building apartment complexes in place of the University Plaza. We're also told that business owners did know they would have to move because the University Plaza was having trouble fixing repairs on the 50 year-old building.

Most shops were still up and running on Monday, but each tells us they have already made other plans. Nicky Headlee, the owner of Collegiate Barber Shop says, "Part of me is leaving something behind that I clearly enjoy. The barber shop name that I have, is to me, a legacy on campus."

Most businesses have made plans to relocate. Subway plans on moving just one block South on from the current location on 13th and University. That location will be open in about 45 days.

One Guy From Italy has another location at 50th and Quaker that will stay open. The owner tells us he is already looking into buying another location next to Texas Tech.

The Army Recruiting Office also has a plan in place. They will move to Glenna Goodacre Blvd. and University, next to Starbucks.

Collegiate barber shop will be in the Security Park shopping center. And a business that already moved, Lu Vaughn Zalon, is now located at 3624 50th.

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