Woogies among Nederland businesses to receive grants

Published 6:45 pm Wednesday, November 16, 2016

NEDERLAND — Three businesses are getting a chance to spruce up their property with a little help from the Nederland Economic Development Corporation.

Kemp Properties, Smoothie King and Woogies Sandwich Shop were all recipients of funds from the NEDC’s PRIDE Program on Wednesday.

PRIDE, or Providing Rewards in Development Efforts, is a program that gives grants to qualified businesses within the city limits of Nederland. Projects must enhance the property and provide visual improvements to the exterior of the facilities such as landscaping, painting, parking improvements, signage and building facades. Grants are reimbursed 50 percent of the cost of the project not to exceed a maximum reimbursement of $10,000, according to information from the NEDC.

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Kay DeCuir, executive director of the NEDC, said Woogies applied for the program for signage and requested $1,825 for a project totaling $3,650.

“They will be the first tenant in the plaza,” DeCuir said.

Woogies is set to open in January and will be located at 401 S. Memorial Blvd., Suite 391. The sandwich shop already has successful locations in Vidor and Beaumont and is expanding to the Mid-County area.

Since Woogies is moving into a brand new plaza they are only eligible for assistance with signage.

The shop’s Swamp Thing sandwich was featured on Carnival Eats on CookHD last year when the show filmed at the South Texas State Fair.

Decuir said Woogies is set to open around January.

Kemp Properties, 1036 Nederland Ave., was approved for a project to paint the exterior of the building, replace metal awning and paint, repair concrete pad, add additional parking, striping of the parking lot, repair broken stone/brick exterior and landscaping. Kemp Properties was approved for a grant of $10,000 for a project totaling $33,720, at the site of the former Floral Depot.

Once the upgrades are made the owners will work with multiple businesses to see which will be the best fit for the location, she said.

Smoothie Innovations of Nederland LLC, or Smoothie King, is also getting some sprucing up at the 1033 Nederland Ave. location.

The project consists of signage, update exterior painting and exterior changes to match other Smoothie King locations. Board members approved their request of $6,331.86 for a project totaling $12,663.73.

Mary Meaux: 409-721-2429

Twitter: @MaryMeauxPANews