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    For Immediate Release:          Media Contact
    May 26, 2011                           Eddie Owens, Director of Communications/Public Relations
                 office: 806.788.4863; cell: 806.928.0462; eowens@unitedtexas.com

    Lubbock’s Third Market Street to Anchor
    Redevelopment at 19th & Quaker

               LUBBOCK, Texas – United Supermarkets’ third Market Street location in Lubbock will anchor a major redevelopment effort at the corner of 19th and Quaker, it was announced today. The project is the latest venture announced by Lubbock-based Tao Development Group. 
                The store will be comparable in size to the city’s two other Market Street locations, but with innovations in design and service concepts. Plans also call for construction of a United Express fuel and convenience store near the southwest corner of the intersection.
                “This is the second phase of our three-year plan for Lubbock,” said Robert Taylor, CEO of United Supermarkets, LLC. “This does not impact our commitment to putting a full-size store on our 4th and Milwaukee property, but we do anticipate the store at 19th and Quaker will be built first.”
                United recently opened its first United Express fuel and convenience store on the southeast corner of 4th and Milwaukee, which it owns. The company’s strategic plan includes construction of a United Supermarkets location at that site within three years.
    The redevelopment project at 19th and Quaker is under the direction of Tao Development Group’s CEO, Clayton Isom. Demolition of existing structures at the site – including several apartment complexes – is already underway. Two others businesses on the property which are still operational, 7-Eleven and Racer Classic Car Wash, will close by the end of the year, Isom said. The building previously occupied by The Frenchman Inn, which closed earlier this year, also will be demolished.
                The storm-water catchment area on the site will be retained. “We are working with TxDOT (Texas Department of Transportation) to make it a feature of the property. Doug Eichorst and his staff at TxDOT have been instrumental in bringing this project to fruition,” Isom said.

    The site is bordered by Raleigh Avenue to the west and Marsha Sharp Freeway to the south and will be accessible from all four directions.
    “Our team has worked on this redevelopment for almost two years, and we are proud to have such a great local company like United as the crown jewel,” Isom said. “A project of this magnitude only comes together when the table is surrounded by good, honest people, and United is the example of a good, honest company.  Our company could not possibly be more excited right now.”
    The redevelopment also includes 23,000 square feet of retail/restaurant space adjacent to United Express, plus a complete remodel of the property across the street, which previously housed Hollywood Video. “Our company’s first priority for this project was to finalize the major anchor, which is now complete. At this point, we are aggressively seeking two junior anchor restaurants for both corners of the 19th and Quaker intersection,” Isom said.
    “For many different reasons, Lubbock is a great place to live; we hope that this redevelopment will make it that much better,” he added.
    About United Supermarkets
    Now in its 95th year of operation, United Supermarkets, LLC, is a Texas-based, family-owned grocery chain with stores in 30 markets across north and west Texas. A self-distributing company with its headquarters in Lubbock and distribution centers in Lubbock and Roanoke, United currently operates 51 stores under four distinct formats: United Supermarkets, Market Street, Amigos United and United Express.
    About Tao Development Group
    Tao Development Group was started in Lubbock in 2005, and has grown into a diversified real estate development and investment company with active residential, hospitality and commercial projects in Lubbock, San Angelo, San Antonio and Kansas City.

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