SCOPE OF BUSINESS
Culpepper Communications is established and 15 radio stations are started on the air or purchased in Florida, Texas and Idaho.
In May, 1971 Culpepper presented the first private donation to the new Real Estate Research Center at Texas A&M University, Governor Preston Smith having signed the bill authorizing the center during the same month.
The last endeavor John Cecil and John Cecil, Jr. was the purchase of the Circle Drive-In Movie plus other small commercial buildings including a service station at the corner of University Drive and South College Avenue in College Station. This became University Square Shopping Center bringing into town the area’s largest supermarket. Skaggs-Albertson, its first IHOP and Mr. Gatti’s Pizza, plus Plitt Cinemas. The first portion was built in 1971. Among the last photographs our family has of John Cecil Culpepper is his posing, complete with hat and cane inside the newly opened Skaggs-Albertson.
Interested in commercial real estate development and seeking diversity throughout Texas and in other states, John Cecil Culpepper, Jr. bought land, developed shopping center and freestanding commercial buildings then kept, sold or traded them in Bryan, College Station, Pasadena, Brenham, New Braunfels, Alice, Paris, Beaumont and Kingsville, Texas and brokered developments in Orlando, Florida and Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He brokered and developed 15 Wal Marts and two Sam’s Warehouses, plus more than 20 Stage Stores-Bealls throughout Texas and Louisiana. During an active career of 50 years, he developed 3 million square feet of retail space in Texas.
John Cecil Culpepper, Jr. joined the International Council of Shopping Centers at its inception in 1968, serving as Faculty Member of its University of Shopping Centers.