Stores with a Story: Susan Glass, Singer Sewing

“I had 3 kids at home, and I wanted to find something that I can make money doing. I always loved sewing, so I thought I could get into making wedding gowns and bean bag chairs. When Hurricane Iniki hit in Hawaii, that’s where I lived at the time, there was no electricity and the only place I can sew was at a local upholstery store that had a generator. They hired me on the spot, and from there I had 2 years of apprenticeship in upholstery. I came down to Corpus and bought Singer Sewing from the previous owner, and now I get to share my skills and passion with other sewers in South Texas. It’s truly a blessing.”
– Susan Glass, Singer Sewing Center

Gulfway Shopping Center

Gulfway Shopping Center was built in 1960. It occupies 14 acres of land at the corner of S. Padre Island Drive (SPID) and Airline Rd. Gulfway offers more than 166,000 square feet of retail and office space, and is anchored by Sprouts Grocery, the #2 top-selling Jason’s Deli in the USA, Wells Fargo Bank, and other long-term tenants such as Panjo’s Pizza, Firestone, and the US Post Office. Daily traffic estimates by Gulfway along SPID are 100,000, and along Airline are 40,000, which provides our business with maximum street-level exposure. Check for Availability

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Stores with a Story: Panjo’s Pizza Parlor

Panjo’s Pizza Parlor has been family owned and operated at Gulfway Shopping Center since 1964. The small pizza parlor became the first to deliver pizza in Corpus Christi, TX. Urban development south and east of Corpus Christi put the small pizza parlor in the center of an expanding city. The small parlor became a local hot spot for families and tourists.

Jimmie Garret bought the company in 1991, leaving an everlasting tradition of great pizza and service for families to gather around for three generations. Panjo’s has kept the original menu since 1964, along with additional items that were integrated in time. Jimmie was known for sampling his product several times before purchasing them. Panjo’s has kept the same quality in taste and texture for the past 50 years that has brought them raving reviews.

Bubba Jacobs, long time pianist for Panjo’s Pizza Parlor.

Panjo’s Pizza brought great memories for residents and tourists in Corpus Christi. Families would gather around the wooden tables and sing along to old time classics led by local legend, “Bubba” Jacobs. His piano skills were cherished by the community every Friday and Saturday. Bubba led 50 years of “Cheers” and countless good times for families and friends to enjoy.

Panjo’s family environment and quality of food has brought them sustained success for over 50 years. They look forward to keeping the same family atmosphere that Jimmie left. They are still located at the Gulfway Shopping Center on the corner of Airline and S.P.I.D. serving the thin and crispy pizzas our community has enjoyed since 1964.


Crossroads Shopping Center

Crossroads Shopping Village is named for its strategic location at the intersection of the 5800 block of McArdle and Airline Rd.  The village feel is the first of its kind in Corpus Christi, with its leisurely tone and nostalgic atmosphere.  Crossroads has proven to be one of the most interesting and enjoyable places to shop—a place for those who like uniqueness.  The idea for Crossroads was born in 1976 with nine houses and business structures at the Crossroads location, each dating back to the early Forties.

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Meadow Oaks


Meadow Oaks is located at 2222 Airline Rd. between Holly and Wooldridge.  The center was built in 1987 and offers 27,000 square feet of retail and service space.  Meadow Oaks sits on three acres of land in the most up-and-coming neighborhood of Corpus Christi — the South side.


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Partnering with Retail Business Since 1950

Peterson Development Company (PDC) was founded in Corpus Christi, TX, in 1950 by Ray Peterson.  Ray began his own entrepreneurship in the grocery business with a store called Peterson Brothers. His property management career began with the building of Portairs Shopping Center in the early 1950s, followed by Woodlawn, South Park, and finally Gulfway Shopping Center in 1960.  Portairs, Woodlawn, and Southpark were eventually sold.  Bill J. Brown, Ray’s son-in-law, joined PDC as manager in the early 70’s and built Crossroads Shopping Village in 1977, followed by Meadow Oaks Shopping Center in 1987.  Bill’s son Reagan has managed PDC since the mid 1990’s, with the help of Ray’s daughter Patty Nuss.  They are recently joined by Patty’s son David Nuss.
Peterson Development Company continues to be proudly family-owned and managed.  In addition to managing Gulfway, Crossroads, and Meadow Oaks Shopping Centers. PDC is developing additional commercial properties in Corpus Christi, as well as the Rancho Vista housing development. We believe that Corpus Christi has a bright future and that successful local businesses are the heartbeat of our shared community.

Our Mission

We own, manage, acquire, develop and redevelop strategically located neighborhood and community shopping centers, office buildings, and residential developments.  Our convenient locations are attractive and well-maintained with a strong tenant mix to help ensure the long-term success of our merchants. As fourth generation Corpus Christi Christians, our goal is to be community advocates by providing relevant and desirable products and services

Bay Area Bicycles 5th Annual Teddy Bear Ride

Sunday, December 10th
Start: 08:00 AM

Bay Area Bicycles will be having their 5th Annual Teddy Bear Ride this Sunday December 10th. Bring your unwrapped stuffed animals, strap them on your bike, and ride with us to Driscoll Hospital to deliver the stuffed animals to the patients. If you cannot make the ride, feel free to donate a stuffed animal at Bay Area Bicycles located at 6020 S Padre Island Dr.

  • Secure New Stuffed Animals to yourself and/or your bicycle.
  • Slow ride down Airline turning on Alameda to reach Driscoll Children’s Hospital.
  • Hospital Staff will receive all the bears and then we return to BAB for refreshments and snacks.
  • BAB has a Parade Permit and a Police Escort for this ride. Helmets mandatory.

For more information check out their website or call them at 361-993-7000. Check out the video from the Teddy Bear Ride in 2014.

Bay Area Bicycles is a 30 year plus tenant, a family owned and operated bicycle shop offering custom fitting, servicing, and has an excellent selection of accessories and repairs on all bicycles.

Small Business Saturday at Crossroads Shopping Center

This Saturday is Small Business Saturday and there is an abundant amount of small businesses that call Crossroads Shopping Center home. Small businesses may not have a huge market like corporations do, but small businesses are a huge asset to local communities.

There is nothing small about small businesses when it comes down to our economy. Since 1995, 64% of new jobs in the U.S. have come from small businesses. Small businesses also account for 44% of U.S. private payroll. Higher revenues for small businesses would increase taxes that go directly towards local schools, first responders, and infrastructure.


Here is a list of local merchants:

  • Berry’s Jewelers
  • Coastal Med Spa
  • Skin Care Boutique
  • Jewel’s
  • Catfish Charlie’s
  • Cinderella Dance Studio
  • The Vintage Easel
  • Benjamins
  • Salon Salon

Thank you for giving back to our community!

Crossroads Shopping Center is a centrally located shopping center off the corner of Airline Rd. and McArdle Dr. We have 18 tenants that currently occupy. Peterson Development Company has worked for over 50+ years creating an abundant community around our merchants to establish a safe, fun, and enjoyable shopping experience for both the merchants and the costumers.