A 2x4 piece of wood is impossible to purchase in Wharton at this moment, as is Italian cuisine, but that could one day change, according to information that was passed on by the Wharton Economic Development Corporation (WEDCO) Board of Directors during a Monday, Jan. 25 regular meeting.

WEDCO Executive Director Josh Owens said Alamo Lumber Company purchased the old Zarsky building on Richmond Road.

He said he is waiting to hear from Alamo officials about the buy, but told the board this is “good news.”

According to its website, Alamo has 14 locations throughout South Texas, with its nearest location in Edna.

Based in San Antonio, Alamo Lumber is an independently-owned member of Do it Best Corp., the only U.S.-based, member-owned comprehensive and fully integrated hardware, lumber and building materials buying cooperative in the home improvement industry.

When the topic of new restaurants was brought up by the board, particularly Burger King and Golden Chick, Owens said he had received an “inquiry” about an Italian restaurant. He didn’t delve deeper into the matter or provide a name.

A new location is up in the air for Los Cucos Mexican Café, but based on the conversation Owens had with the board, it would continue to have a location in Wharton.

Although the Mexican restaurant has been a fixture along the Colorado River, the Wharton levee project will likely force a move.

Owens said it will depend on what the U.S. Corps of Engineers decides once it begins the levee project later this year. 

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