Holiday Market Benefits Collin County Charities




Ebby Halliday Realtors is a proud sponsor of the Junior League of Collin County’s 22nd-annual ’Neath the Wreath Holiday Gift Market, taking place November 9-12 at The Plano Event Center.
Shop the selection of home décor, ladies clothing and accessories, gifts, jewelry, children’s items and gourmet food from over 100 carefully selected merchants. You’ll find the perfect gift for everyone on your holiday list while making a difference in the community.
’Neath the Wreath provides funding for the Junior League of Collin County, a nonprofit organization of women committed to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.
Advance tickets are $12 at area Tom Thumb stores and at Tickets at the door are $15. Children 12 and under are free. For more information, visit
Ebby Halliday Realtors has served the residential real estate needs of Collin County since 1971, when Ebby personally opened a one-room office in Plano. We now have 10 offices serving Collin County: 190-RichardsonAllenCampbell/CoitFriscoMcKinneyPlanoPlano/Willow BendPreston KellerPreston Plano Parkway and Prosper | Celina.

Albertsons Buys Tom Thumb

Tom Thumb Leaving HP Village

We delivered the news a few weeks ago that Tom Thumb Highland Park would be closing this year, and that the grocery chain’s parent company, Safeway, was up for sale. Now we have even bigger news, Albertsons‘ parent company, Cerberus, and Tom Thumb’s parent company, Safeway, will be merging and combining forces later this year.


Albertsons announced March 6 that it would be acquiring Safeway. This merger will create a diversified network that includes over 2,400 store, 27 distribution facilities, and 20 manufacturing plants with over 250,000 dedicated and loyal employees, the press release says.


Though there is still an option to entertain proposals from other buyers, the decision to merge with Albertsons was unanimously approved by the Board of Directors of Safeway. The two grocery stores will operate separately until the merge is final, which is expected to happen in late 2014. With Albertsons’ 49 stores in North Texas and Tom Thumb’s 62 stores, the combined companies will become the largest traditional grocery chain in the area.


Though there are no closures planned, Albertsons’ parent company, Cerberus, has a history of shutting down Albertsons’ stores since its acquisition in 2006. Since then, the stores have declined in quality, selection, and overall appeal, and 26 Albertsons stores across the country were closed just three weeks ago.


There’s still some speculation about how the merge will directly affect D-FW customers. What do you think? Comment below and let us know.


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Tom Thumb To Leave HP Village

Tom Thumb Leaving HP Village

News broke Friday that Tom Thumb will be leaving its Highland Park Village location in the next 12 months. This move has been rumored for a while now, but, until Friday, there had been no official statement made.


With no room for expansion at this location, it’s not surprising that the store will be closing its doors. At just 18,500 square feet, this store is much smaller than the average store size of 46,000 square feet.


We’ve also we’ve learned that Tom Thumb‘s parent company, Safeway, which is based in California, is considering selling the entire company. But, never fear, President Paul McTavish said that Tom Thumb will look for a larger location that will still cater to the Highland Park area and its customers.


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