New owner spruces up Shops at Cumberland

Published on Sunday, 8 September 2013 22:01 - Written by CASEY MURPHY cmurphy@tylerpaper.com

Bryan Bateman is working to give the Shops at Cumberland an upscale look.

After 40 years in the oil field business, Bateman, 58, of Whitehouse, is becoming more involved in commercial real estate.

In December, he bought the retail center, which houses The Diner and other businesses, at 7924 S. Broadway Ave.

Bateman said he liked the location of the center and owning property in Tyler because of the city’s growth. He believes plans for new construction in the area, including the planned development of the 80-acre Village at Cumberland Park and the hotel/convention center planned by Loop 49, also will attract business to his center, he said.

When Bateman bought the property, he knew he wanted to change the bland, “plain white box” with cloth awnings. He brought in JM Slicker, of Bullard, as the architect and Daniel Kes­singer as the builder and started revamping the center in May.

New stonework and a variety of colors, including green, yellow and brown, gave the center a new look, as well as redoing the business’ signs and adding 11 feet in height to the building, he said, adding that he wanted an upscale look for the center.

Finishing touches to signs and a drive-thru on the north end of the center is just about complete. The drive-thru is a drop off and pick up point for Progress Cleaners, which opened Tuesday in the space that formerly housed Tru Tan.

Other businesses in the center include Let’s Cook, Beauty Bar, Magic Nails & Spa, Eye to Eye Vision and The Diner.

There is a 612-square-foot vacant space for lease, as well as a 3,700-square-foot space that formerly housed XTC Fitness that can be leased as one space or broken into two, Bateman said.

Bateman is planning his next big project in Tyler — a 43,000-square-foot office complex on 4.3 acres between Hollytree Drive and the Hollytree Country Club golf course. He expected to start construction within the next 30 days, he said, adding that the project could take a couple of years to complete.

He said the 43,000 square feet will include multiple office buildings, with potentially 5,000 square feet each of medical and retail and the rest offices.

“I would basically call Grande the center of town right now,” Bateman said. “And that’s going to be big – that office complex right there.”

Bateman envisions high-end, stucco-style buildings for the project. “We’re talking about the entrance to Hollytree so I want something really nice,” he said.

Bateman has owned several businesses through the years.

He worked in the oil field business for 40 years in Henderson and Kilgore, and has owned several companies along the way, including a pipeline company, fabrication and pump shops, construction equipment business, truck sales business and satellite manufacturing business. The only business he still co-owns is Capco Fabricators, a machine shop and medal fabrication business in Henderson.

In December, Bateman sold Capco Supply Inc. in Henderson, the business he ran day to day, and decided to become more involved in owning and developing commercial properties. He also decided to get his real estate license and joined up with Matthew Marshall and Casey Hymer, of Drake Real Estate & Investments, to develop and buy properties.

Bateman owns properties he bought for his former businesses and is leasing them. He said he has been buying and building commercial properties since 1990 and owns four industrial properties in Henderson, the property that houses Fred’s store in Lindale, the Premier Fitness building in Tyler and a shopping center in Liberty.

He plans to continue to add to his commercial real estate portfolio.

“I like Tyler and I like commercial property in Tyler,” he said.

For more information about the Shops at Cumberland, call Drake at 903-581-3737.