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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

It’s official: Five Guys to open in Tupelo

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It’s the news many of you have been waiting for: Five-Guys-logo

Biz Buzz has gotten confirmation that the lease is signed, and Five Guys Burgers and Fries is opening a location in Tupelo.

As we first mentioned last year, the restaurant will open in the King’s Crossing retail center, which is home to Kohl’s, Ross Dress for Less, Newk’s, Gigi’s Cupcakes, Dress Barn, Kirkland’s, Mt. Fuji and others

Five Guys will occupy the northwest corner of the development, next to Sports Clips and Smoothie King.

Jed Heubach of Eat Here Brands of Jackson, which owns the franchise rights, said the store will cover 2,400 square feet and seat 75-80. It will employ about 50 to start.

Five Guys will occupy this spot next to Sports Clips and Smoothie King.

Five Guys will occupy this spot next to Sports Clips and Smoothie King.

“We plan to open by the end of the summer,” he said.

Job applicants can go to the company’s website for employment info.

Heubach said they’re hiring for the management team and a few other key positions right now.

Five Guys currently has Mississippi locations in D’Iberville, Flowood, Gulfport, Hattiesburg and Ridgeland.

Written by Dennis Seid

April 2, 2014 at 12:07 pm

Updates on Bishop’s BBQ and Homer’s Steaks openings

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Many of you have been eagerly anticipating the opening of Bishop’s BBQ (click here for previous coverage)on West Main Street in Tupelo, as well as the new Homer’s Steaks & More (click here for previous coverage) on Jefferson Street. Bishops Main 3.28.14

Well, Biz Buzz dropped by both restaurants, and both locations aren’t quite ready to open.

At Bishop’s, work is being done on the interior, while at Homer’s, the owners are working on final details to make sure it’s a smooth opening.

But both will open soon.

Bishop’s could open early next week, while Homer’s also is hoping to open sometime next week as well.

It will be Bishop’s fourth location – and its second in Tupelo.

Homers front

Homer’s pays homage to Dr. Homer Horton of Tupelo, who loved a good steak.

We’ll keep you updated on their progress.
So, stay hungry, my friends.

Or better yet, go to one of the many fine locally owned restaurants in the All-America City.

Written by Dennis Seid

March 28, 2014 at 12:50 pm

Architectural drawings of Firehouse Subs, Carlock Kia in Tupelo

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Firehouse Subs is under construction in Tupelo, while  Carlock Kia (click here for previous coverage)  and CarMax (click here for previous coverage) have announced their plans to build in recent weeks.

Filed with the city’s Development Services department are the companies’ site plans and architectural drawings so here are what the buildings for Firehouse Subs and Carlock Kia will look like, more or less. You’ll have to scroll down to see  The Carlock image. The CarMax image is available on the link provided above.:

Firehouse Subs site drawing




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Northern Loop-Highway 78 bridge work to begin

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The Northern Loop that connects Coley Road to Barnes Crossing Road in Tupelo includes two bridges – one over the Natchez Trace Parkway and one over U.S. Highway 78/future Interstate 22.

Construction on the Natchez Trace bridge should be complete by this summer. MDOT logo

Meanwhile, the Mississippi Department of Transportation has announced that the 78 bridge construction will begin this month. Century Construction of Tupelo will be building the $10.5 million bridge, and it should be finished by November.

Just in time for the holidays!

Press release from MDOT:

The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) has announced plans to being a project improving travel around the US 78 and Coley Road intersection in Lee County.

The project includes construction of a bridge over US 78 allowing motorists a more direct route to the Barnes Crossing area. In addition to the bridge, this project will also construct four interchange ramps at the US 78 and Coley Road intersection.

“The goal of this project is to relieve some of the traffic pressure on US 45 and Barnes Crossing Road,” said Transportation Commissioner Mike Tagert. “This new interchange will provide motorists traveling east toward Tupelo on US 78 another route to the Barnes Crossing area. We ask for your patience as we work to improve your commute in Lee County.”

This $10,515,312 construction contract was awarded to Century Construction of Tupelo. Construction is expected to begin this month with a projected completion date of November 2014. This project will involve lane and road closures; however, most of the major closures will occur at night. Once work begins, motorists should expect delays in this area.


Written by Dennis Seid

March 7, 2014 at 9:02 am

Construction begins on Tupelo Firehouse Subs

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The frame on the new Firehouse Subs in Tupelo finally started going up this weekend. Firehouse Subs frame

The restaurant is on West Main Street, next to the ATT store, and across the street from Anytime Fitness, Wendy’s and Starbucks.

Franchise owner Chris Stephenson, who opened his Oxford Firehouse Subs in 2011, said Friday that he’s hoping to get the restaurant open by late spring/early summer – that means late May/early June.

The restaurant is expected to seat about 60 people and employ about 20 full- and part-time employees.

The Jacksonville, Fla.-based chain has more than 730 locations in 39 states and PuertoRico. In Mississippi, there are locations in BiloxiFlowood, HattiesburgOxford, Starkville, Hattiesburg and Southaven.


Written by Dennis Seid

March 3, 2014 at 1:53 pm