Rio Grande City celebrates groundbreaking for three businesses



Developers, city leaders and other local officials gathered Wednesday for a ground-breaking ceremony of Rio Grande City’s first Starbucks Coffee Company, Panda Express and a new Stripes convenience store.


“The City Commission and I are thrilled to welcome all of these new businesses to Rio Grande City,” said Mayor Joel Villarreal. “Thank you to all investors and our community for your commitment to our growth, prosperity and our economic development.”


Mayor Joel Villarreal

Located at Rio Grande Village, the new Starbucks will consist of a single-story building totaling 2,244 square feet. Next door, Panda Express is on its way to open its first restaurant in the city this Fall. The 2,381 square foot building is the second construction project at Rio Grande Village, following Whataburger’s relocation to the property in the Fall of 2020. On the west boundary, and at the busy intersection of US Hwy 83 and FM 755, Stripes Convenience Stores is adding its fourth location and bringing with it a Laredo Taco Company restaurant


Rey Ramirez, Rio Grande City EDC Board President

“We’re looking forward to Buffalo Wings and Rings and a new Hilton hotel with much anticipation,” said Rey Ramirez, Rio Grande City EDC Board President. “Clothing retailers are also a large part of the recruitment strategy and workforce opportunities in the city.”

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