HOUSTON, TEXAS, January 15, 2014 – Panda Express was recognized by the Near Northwest Management District as a "Change Champion" for their new Tomball Parkway location.

"We are so pleased to have this new development by Panda Express," declared District President Wayne Norden. "This is a great asset to our commercial sector." Ryan Liu, the General Manager of the Panda Express, in accepting the award said, "Panda Express is honored and proud to be chosen for the award and is looking forward to having the Change Champion banner placed in front of our store." It was noted that Panda Express is proudly celebrating 30 years of operations with over 1600 stores in 50 states and abroad. He then invited everyone to come have dinner at his location!

Wayne Norden, President of the Near Northwest Management District met with Ryan Liu, General Manager of Panda Express and his associates in front of their Tomball Parkway location to place the "Change Champion" pennant on December 18, 2013. The bright and fresh style of the venue adds a fun and progressive look to the area which attracts others to invest, work and live in the Near Northwest.

"Change Champions" are commercial property owners or businesses that are fueling the transformation of the Near Northwest Area through improvement to their property. The award is given quarterly, and was announced at the District's Business Network Breakfast on December 5th, 2013.

The Near Northwest Management District's recent Livable Centers Study made a number of recommendations for improving the livability and values of the area. The District has seen a growth in commercial and residential values, and has attracted $100M in new developments and redevelopments in the District.


About the Change Champion Award
The award is made each quarter by the NNMD. Award winners are recognized at the District's Business Network Breakfast, and are presented a commemorative plaque. The "Change Champion" pennant is displayed on the property throughout that quarter.

About Near Northwest Management District
The State of Texas created the Near Northwest Management District in 2001 to address concerns about public safety and economic development in our area. The District's mission is to promote and coordinate economic growth, creation and beautification of area green spaces and promote and supplement public security within our boundaries. The District is managed by a ten-member Board of Directors, comprised of commercial property owners, tenants and residents within our boundaries.

About China Express
The Panda story began when Andrew Cherng, a young man from the picturesque Yangzhou region of China, came to the United States to pursue his American dream. With little money but a lot of heart, Andrew and his father, Master Chef Ming-Tsai Cherng, started the first Panda Inn restaurant in Pasadena, Calif. The fine dining restaurant introduced the robust flavors of Mandarin and Szechuan cuisine to Southern California and became the inspiration and standard for the Panda Express restaurants that are loved across the world today. With the help and support of his wife Peggy, Andrew knew that quality meals made with fresh and premium ingredients served fast and hot would win over the hearts and stomachs of hungry guests. Today, Andrew and Peggy's vision and passion continue to guide the growth of Panda Express across the United States and abroad.

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