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Moves by Jeb Bush add to talk of 2016 candidacy

WASHINGTON — Jeb Bush's decision to release a policy-laden e-book and all his emails from his time as governor of Florida has further stoked expectations among his allies that he will launch a presidential bid.

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Ebby Halliday acquires Fort Worth’s Williams Trew

Williams Trew Real Estate of Fort Worth has been acquired by Dallas-based residential real estate brokerage Ebby Halliday Real Estate Inc.

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Meridian Bank Texas parent acquired by UMB Financial for $182.5M

Kansas City, Mo.-based UMB Financial Corp., the parent company of UMB Bank, said Dec. 15 it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Marquette Financial Companies in an all-stock transaction.

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Cousins Properties to sell 777 Main tower in downtown Fort Worth

Cousins Properties Inc. has confirmed plans to sell the 777 Main office tower in downtown Fort Worth, according to a news release from the Atlanta-based real estate investment firm.

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Glen Garden sale closes, distillery on tap

Firestone & Robertson Distilling Co. closed late Wednesday on its purchase of the historic Glen Garden Country Club in southeast Fort Worth, with plans to convert it into a whiskey distillery and bucolic visitor attraction.

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Group 1 acquires Arlington dealerships

 

Group 1 Automotive Inc., an international, Fortune 500 automotive retailer, has acquired Moritz BMW/MINI and Moritz Cadillac in Arlington for an undisclosed amount.
The dealerships, which will operate as BMW of Arlington, MINI of Arlington, and Cadillac of Arlington, are expected to generate $200 million in estimated annual revenues.
“Dallas, Texas, is one of the largest and fastest growing luxury automobile markets in the U.S. These well-established businesses will give Group 1 a great platform for growth and will further expand our important, long-term relationship with BMW of North America,” said Earl J. Hesterberg, Group 1’s president and chief executive officer, in a news release.


Group 1 Automotive was founded in 1995 and is headquartered in Houston. The company owns and operates 144 automotive dealerships, 182 franchises and 36 collision centers in the United States, the United Kingdom and Brazil that offer 33 brands of automobiles. Through its dealerships, the company sells new and used cars and light trucks; arranges related vehicle financing, service and insurance contracts; provides automotive maintenance and repair services; and sells vehicle parts.
Group 1 Automotive Inc. trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol GPI. The company had total revenue of $7.476 million in 2012. - Betty Dillard, bdillard@bizpress.net

 

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