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Sams Club Sign in Danger of Falling

Sam’s Club Sign in Danger of Falling Down

  Published: November 7, 2013

The City of Murfreesboro’s Fire & Rescue, Police, Engineering, and Codes departments all worked together Thursday morning (11/7/2013) to avert a potential sign collapse at the Sam’s Club on John Rice Boulevard.

Murfreesboro Engineer Sam Huddleston notified WGNS that John R. Rice Boulevard was closed to traffic until the damaged sign is repaired.  The closure includes no gas being sold at Sam’s until the giant interstate sign is fixed.

The City of Murfreesboro’s Fire and Rescue, Police, Engineering, and Codes departments all worked together to avert a potential sign collapse at the Sam’s Club on John Rice Boulevard. Murfreesboro Police Department first arrived on the scene to discover a broken beam on a 110’ Sam’s Club sign, causing the sign to lean. (see above WGNS News photo) 

Murfreesboro Fire and Rescue’s Ladder 9 evaluated the situation and contacted City Engineer Sam Huddleston and the Codes department. All were in agreement of the potential disasters that could occur if the sign were to fall.

Police blocked access and eventually coned off the areas of John Rice Boulevard at Old Fort Parkway and the entrance to Sam’s Club. A collapse zone was also set up in a portion of the parking lot and the area around the fuel pumps.

(Photo below) Yellow tape circles the gas pumps at Sam’s Club, and keeps motorists away from the potential fall zone while crews make repairs to the giant sign.

According to Captain/Shift Inspector Mark McCluskey, Boom Sign Company has three giant cranes in place to assist with repair or replacement of the sign. (see photo below)

“These areas will most likely remain closed for most of the day,” said McCluskey.

Sam’s Club is still open for business; however, shoppers will not be able to use the main entrance to the parking lot.

This is a major correction, and it is not known how long it will take to complete the repairs. In fact, Huddleston remained on-the-scene while crews were correcting the issue.

In the photo below, you can actually see how the two supporting posts are twisted and are not perfectly vertical as they should be.

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Big-National-Franchise-That-Claims-To-Provide-All-Signs-In-A-Speedy-Manner Doesn’t Do Raceways?

This is an excerpt from a conversation we had with a customer today. As it turns out, Signs Manufacturing has been repeatedly threatened by this competing company about using keywords in advertising that have similar terms to their name.  For instance, “signs” is a keyword that we use in advertising as you might imagine.  This competitor claims that the term “Signs” is only reserved for them because their national brand has that word in it!  Consequently, for the purposes of this article we will refer to this company as “Big-National-Franchise-That-Claims-To-Provide-All-Signs-In-A-Speedy-Manner” to avoid any future legal threats.


Signs Manufacturing Representative:  Hello, this is [name] how can I help you?

Customer:  I bought a channel letter sign from Big-National-Franchise-That-Claims-To-Provide-All-Signs-In-A-Speedy-Manner. They got it up but now my Landlord is saying that the sign has to be on a raceway!

Signs Manufacturing Representative:  Why didn’t they build it on a raceway?

Customer:  Well, I asked them that.  They said they don’t do raceways!  So now what do I do?

Signs Manufacturing Representative:  Well, it’s not just that they don’t do raceways, they don’t build channel letters!  They bought the sign from somebody else, bought the installation from a third party and marked it all up.  The good news is that WE build our own signs, including raceways!  We can build a raceway, remove the letters and mount them to the raceway, then re-install.


At this time there was a short conversation about what is involved changing the sign over to a raceway sign, followed by an appointment for the next workday (in this case, Monday).  The conversation ended with:


Customer:  So, do you think I can get my money back from Big-National-Franchise-That-Claims-To-Provide-All-Signs-In-A-Speedy-Manner?  Not only do I need the raceway, which should have been done right in the first place, but the sign looks like crap!

Signs Manufacturing Representative:  Unfortunately, I doubt it.  But I’ll be happy to help you however I can.


Short in Neon Sign Blamed for Fire at Luna’s Tortilla Factory

Short in Neon Sign Blamed for Fire at Luna’s Tortilla Factory

Family vows to rebuild nearly 90-year-old business

Tuesday, Jun 18, 2013  |  Updated 4:28 PM CDT
Ray Villeda, NBC 5 News

Luna’s Tortilla Factory, famous for 90 years of food and tortillas in Dallas, was destroyed by fire Monday morning.

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A neon sign and bird nests are to blame for thefire that destroyed Luna’s Tortilla Factory in Dallas on Monday morning.

Dallas Fire-Rescue investigators determined an electrical short in or near the neon Luna’s sign on the south side of the building started the blaze in the 8500 block of Harry Hines Boulevard.

The owner told fire investigators that after he smelled smoke inside the building he went outside to see a small fire near the sign.

Fire investigators say the several birds’ nests had been built in the hollow lettering of the sign, near electrical connections. Investigators say the nests were heavily burned and may have fueled the fire after the electrical short.

The seven employees inside Luna’s Tortilla Factory all safely escaped.

“It happened so quick, there wasn’t any time to get scared,” Fernando Luna Sr. said.

Luna’s is one of the oldest and most successful Latino-owned family businesses in Dallas.The Luna family has been making tortillas in Greater Dallas for nearly a century.

The business, which started in 1924 with Maria Luna making about 500 pieces of the flatbread every day, has a factory that makes 800 dozen tortillas per hour and distributes them to more than 250 local and national restaurants and cafes.

The Harry Hines location is Luna’s second home. Its original building was located on McKinney Avenue in the area once known at Little Mexico, which is now called Uptown,

Luna’s is nearing its 90th anniversary, and the Luna family vows to rebuild and continue a legacy built on love.

“There’s no doubt that we’ll rebuild,” Fernando Luna Sr. said. “There’s no doubt about it.”

NBC 5’s Randy McIlwain and Ray Villeda contributed to this report.

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