Taking Care of Business: Walmart grocery pickup coming to Decatur

By Kristen Tribe | Published Saturday, May 19, 2018

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I have official word.

According to Walmart corporate headquarters, Online Grocery Pickup will be available at the Decatur store in early 2019.

“We are rolling out the service to an additional 1,200 stores this year and will continue to expand after that,” said Anne Hatfield with Walmart Corporate Communications. “Right now, it looks like we will bring (it) to Decatur in early 2019. If that date changes, we will let you know.”

Currently, many Wise County residents use the grocery pickup service at the Haslet store, and Hatfield said they were glad to hear Decatur customers are excited about the service.

If you’re not familiar with it, customers order groceries online at, select the day and time to pick up the groceries and then personal shoppers fill the order and load your car. You never enter the store and don’t have to wait in line. I’m a fan.

(Shout out to several friends who commented on a previous column sharing this tip.)


Double Creek Capital is building an apartment complex just south of Rann Elementary on Deer Park Road.

Vice President Jody Adams said there will be 88 units in 16 single-story buildings, which will include 1-, 2- and 3-bedroom apartments.

“There are more three bedrooms than you would typically put in an apartment complex because there are a large number of younger families here, and it’s a need,” Adams said.

The complex will be called Trophy Ridge Apartment Homes, and the buildings will be rock and board and batten style architecture. Adams said it will be a gated community and will feature a clubhouse, pool and playground. Residents will also have access to high speed internet service.

“We really want folks to understand they’re going to be nice-looking,” he said. “The design is pretty sharp.”

He also noted these are not rent subsidized or restricted in any way.

“It’s just a regular apartment community,” he said. “We worked on it for quite a while to understand the market.”

Adams expects construction to be complete in about a year-and-a-half.


Decatur City Manager Brett Shannon said the Texas Department of Transportation has given final approval to QuikTrip for access of the U.S. 81/287 service road.

The QT plans include major improvements to Trenchard Street, which runs along the east side of the property. There will also be a signal light installed at Trenchard and Hale Streets, and a portion of Trenchard will be one-way on the far south end near Allsup’s.


At last week’s Decatur Education Foundation Gala Alec Uselton, in his tribute to his impact teacher Mr. Lopez, mentioned something about them regularly sharing Chick-fil-A chicken biscuits.

He also talked about what a great teacher Lopez is, etc., etc. But we all know the most important part of his speech was the fast food.

How can I join this chicken biscuit delivery circuit?

Roy Eaton contributed to this column. Kristen Tribe is assistant publisher of the Wise County Messenger. If you have a news tip for Taking Care of Business, email

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