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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’s.
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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
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:
As promised, CarMax has begun construction of its new store in Tupelo.
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.
A new restaurant will be opening later this year in the former Barnhill’s Buffet restaurant site in Tupelo.
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.
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.
“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.
It’s been a busy week for restaurant news, and Biz Buzz has another opening to report:
Homer’s Steaks & More will open today from 4 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
It’s located at 825 W. Jefferson in what was most recently Shanti Yoga. It’s been a restaurant before, including Park Heights, Bistro at Park and Tiger Lilly Cafe.
Owners Tom and Kerri Horton have a combined 50 years of restaurant experience and have been working for several weeks on their new restaurant, which will prominently feature steaks on the menu.
The restaurant initially will open for dinner only, from 4 p.m. to 9:30 p.m Monday-Thursday and Friday-Saturday from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. The phone number is (662) 260-5070.
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.
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.
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.