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Sources say Jimmy John’s has found a location in Tupelo

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jimmyjohnsLast year at this time, Biz Buzz let you know that Firehouse Subs and Jimmy John’s were looking for locations in Tupelo. 

Well, we knew then that Firehouse was eyeing the former Dixie Gas location on West Main Street, but we didn’t know how far along Jimmy John’s was in its search. Read the rest of this entry »

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April 18, 2014 at 2:35 pm

New restaurant will serve ‘the biggest burger in Tupelo’

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Biz Buzz has been wondering what’s going on with the shell building in front of Kilgore’s Supermarket  and Walls Bargain Center on South Gloster Street in Tupelo, and now we know:

It’s the future home of Super Demario’sSuper Demario's
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Written by Dennis Seid

April 15, 2014 at 8:36 am

Homer’s Steaks and More in Tupelo adjusts hours

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Homer’s Steaks & More at 825 W. Jefferson in Tupelo has adjusted its hours, opening an hour later during the week and staying open a little bit longer.

Homer's Steaks & More is in the bottom right of the building.

Homer’s Steaks & More is in the bottom right of the building.


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April 14, 2014 at 1:51 pm

Sonic to move on South Gloster in Tupelo, have double drive-thru

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You may remember about a year ago Biz Buzz revealed that the Sonic on South Gloster Street in Tupelo was moving a

Sonic near the South Gloster/Cliff Gookin intersection will move to this site near McAlister's Deli on Gloster. Construction is expected to be completed by August.

Sonic near the South Gloster/Cliff Gookin intersection will move to this site near McAlister’s Deli on Gloster. Construction is expected to be completed by August.

little farther north on Gloster, in the old Chips and Salsa/Peggy’s Place/Guthrie’s Chicken site in the parking lot adjacent to McAlister’s Deli.

Well, I drove by this morning, and Mark Welch with Jaco Foods in Columbus, which owns the franchise, was surveying the site with some Sonic corporate folks.

Welch said he hopes to break ground in mid-May, with construction taking about 90 days.

“So, we’re looking at opening sometime in August,” he said.

Welch said the project is a $1.5 million investment, and the relocated restaurant will feature double drive-thrus, a first in the area. There will be nine standard parking bays as well at the site.

Here’s the site plan:

Sonic site plan

 

 

Written by Dennis Seid

April 10, 2014 at 10:55 am

Work begins on CarMax site in Tupelo

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As promised, CarMax has begun construction of its new store in Tupelo. CarMax site workd 4.10.14

Well, maybe not actual construction, but site work. As you can tell by the photo, it’s a bit of a muddy mess as construction  crews were working the site this morning.

In February, CarMax officials said construction would begin this month, with a plan to finish in September.

The store will be a total of 7,467 square feet, with 4,394 dedicated to the sales area. The service area will have 2,439 square feet, and a future car wash will cover 936 square feet.

An uncovered “presentation area” will take up the remaining 634 square feet.

The dealership will have 54 parking spaces for customers, while there are 151 spaces for vehicles that will be on sale.

It’s located adjacent and to the south of Fairfield Inn and Suites on Tom Watson Drive.

Written by Dennis Seid

April 10, 2014 at 9:27 am

New restaurant moving into former Barnhill’s in Tupelo

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A new restaurant will be opening later this year in the former Barnhill’s Buffet restaurant site in Tupelo.

The former Barnhill's on South Gloster Street in Tupelo closed last summer.

The former Barnhill’s on South Gloster Street in Tupelo closed last summer.

Opening in its place will be … drum roll, please … Super Hibachi Buffet.

As its name suggests, it will serve Japanese and Chinese food. And did I mention there will be a buffet? The owners also own the Hibachi Buffet in Columbus.

But they’re not sure exactly when they’re opening. It will take several months to renovate the building, and they’ll be replacing everything inside. However, they’re hoping to open in the fall. It just depends on the work that’s needed to gut everything.

If you’ll recall, Barnhill’s on South Gloster Street  was shuttered last July after the state Department of Health found 10 critical violations. While the agency doesn’t have the power to shut down restaurants, it does allow them to fix those issues.

The Barnhill’s owner initially agreed to fix the problems, but later opted to close the restaurant instead.

Written by Dennis Seid

April 8, 2014 at 1:53 pm

Behold Home to open in former TownHouse Furniture in Smithville

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Two furniture industry veterans, Lyle Harris and Larry Todd, have partnered to create Behold Home, a new motion furniture company.

Harris, the former president of American Furniture and Todd, a co-founder of Southern Motion, joined forces with Bo Russell, a Tupelo accountant and attorney, to form Behold Home.

Behold Home isn't manufacturing yet, but it has made some prototypes to show potential customers.

Behold Home isn’t manufacturing yet, but it has made some prototypes to show potential customers.

The company is opening in the former TownHouse Furniture plant in Smithville, which closed late last year.

Behold will employ about 40 as it plans to begin operations in June. It expects to grow to 80 employees or more within three years.

Harris, the company’s president and CEO, said Smithville “felt like home” and said choosing the city and the facility “was an easy decision.”

Behold will initially manufacture motion furniture (reclining chairs, sofas and sectionals) but plans to expand into stationary furniture down the road, Todd said.

The company aims to find a niche in the mid-priced category, and Harris is headed to High Point, N.C., to network at its furniture market this week. He said Behold will consider all markets, which of course includes Tupelo.

Behold Home bought two former TownHouse buildings, a 76,000-square foot main plant plus a 60,000-square-foot warehouse. It also has options on land for future expansion.

Read more in tomorrow’s Daily Journal.

 

Written by Dennis Seid

April 4, 2014 at 1:02 pm