The Chip & Joanna Gaines’ Empire Is about to Expand, Again

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It’s very possible Chip and Joanna Gaines are about to take over the world. Not only is the couple launching a multi-platform media mini-empire (including their own TV network), but now they’re adding a major expansion to their Waco, Texas Magnolia Market space.

According to recent reports, the Magnolia Market expansion will add several blocks to the existing area at the Silos development in downtown Waco. It will also include a Magnolia Home Furniture store and a coffee shop.

The $10.4 million expansion will include moving an empty historic church (the Second Presbyterian Church) to Gaines’ property. The church will hold additional shops and an event space. And for the sporty/outdoorsy types, it will have an adjoining garden area and whiffle ball field.

Waco-based architect Sterling Thompson, who previously owned the church, told the Waco Tribune-Herald, “Whether they have to dissect the building or not, it’s a big job.” Thompson also added, “But moving a structure that big can be done.”

So when will this major expansion happen? John Marsicano, a spokesman for Magnolia, told the Dallas Morning News, “We’re still in the final stages of solidifying our master plan for the area, but we expect the entire project to be complete by the end of the year.” Marsicano went on to add, “Additional construction details and site plan information will be available in the coming weeks, but our hope with this project is to create an active and beautiful community space for Wacoans and visitors alike.”

—Erica Loop

Featured photo: Joanna Gaines via Instagram



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