Biscuit lovers better rush to Hardee’s to get a quick fix. In a few short weeks our local restaurant is scheduled to be demolished and a shiny, new Hardee’s built in its place.
According to McMinnville Planning and Zoning director Nolan Ming, demolition work at our Hardee’s is scheduled to being June 23.
“That’s the scheduled start as of right now,” said Nolan. “That could change a little bit, but I’d say it wouldn’t be by more than a week. We’ve received all of their plans and they’re pretty much approved. All we have to get is a few more details, which I don’t see as being a problem, and then they’re all set to go.”
Due to problems with its drive-thru traffic clogging W. Main Street, Hardee’s will reconfigure the way its restaurant is placed on that lot and construct a new facility at that same location. Hardee’s officials have said in the past when a new restaurant is built, it will be a Hardee’s Red Burrito. As the name suggests, those restaurants offer Mexican menu items.
From my standpoint, I’m anxious to see how this new Hardee’s will be placed and how it will be such an improvement for traffic. I’m also curious to see how McMinnville residents cope with not having a Hardee’s for several months. It could prove to be a harrowing ordeal.
What could be on the way?
Allow me to frame this segment with a little bit of history and take you back to September, 2007. That’s when the property on the corner of Spring Street and the bypass was an overgrown mess.
But all that was changing as heavy equipment was running up and down the 30 acres of prime real estate and drawing the attention of every motorist driving down the bypass. Everyone was panting in eager anticipation to discover what grand retail entrée we were about to be served. The popular thinking seemed to be Target.
Unfortunately, a strange thing happened after all that frantic clearing work was finished. Nothing ever located at that spot. It just sat, sat, sat. And we did not know what to think about that.
Smithville-based HAT Investment Partners owned the property back in those days. Now it’s owned by developer Waymon Hale and word on the street is Waymon has a big fish on the line he’s trying to land.
So I called him on Thursday to ask about the property and he told me he’s not going to divulge much information until a deal is complete.
“I will say there’s interest in the property and I’ll leave it at that,” said Waymon.
Word on the street is a large grocery store is eying that spot. I say that with the blaring disclaimer that word on the street rarely turns out to hold much merit. Usually you can divide it by three and find some element of truth in there somewhere.
So we might have finally found a tenant for that attractive spot. I understand there’s been a company inquiring about building codes for that property so this could be the start of something marvelous.
Let there be hardware stores
Anyone who has been walking around town complaining about a lack of hardware stores won’t have much to gripe about in the coming months.
If you look at the Business License listings on page 5C of today’s edition, we finally have the name of the store which will be locating in the old Stewart Pharmacy spot. According to the business request submitted to the county, the store will be called JA Wholesale and Tools. The store description says it will be a wholesale and retail tool distributor.
Meanwhile, across the way at Northgate Center, that shopping center has one lone vacancy between China Wok and A+ Rentals. That vacancy is not expected to last long.
When I stopped by Friday morning, a massive remodeling job was taking place. When I asked what was going to be locating there, I was told it’s going to be a hardware store.
We’ll have to wait and see how these developments materialize, but it looks like we aren’t going to have any problems finding a hammer. I’ll provide more information as it becomes available.
Banana splits are approaching
This is the last business column before Bonnaroo arrives in Manchester this Thursday. It’s also the final column before the Southern Standard holds our annual Banana Day. I’m not sure which celebration is bigger.
I’ve tried for years to keep the two special occasions from overlapping, but it seems the two always fall at the same time despite my best efforts. With that being said, I’d like to encourage all local residents to stop by the newspaper office at 105 College Street this Friday, June 10, from 1 to 3:30 p.m. for a free banana split.
While you’re here, please register for some spectacular door prizes including a gas grill, a cooler and an ice cream maker. Our subscription prices are also being slashed so it will be an opportune time to renew your subscription and keep the Standard coming to your home.
Old hospital now office space
If finding office space is becoming a pain, perhaps you can get your problem fixed at McMinnville’s old hospital. The former hospital building on West Main Street is now owned by First Presbyterian Church, which has completed a massive remodeling effort.
“We wanted to not only renovate the building, but to revive the history of it,” said Rachel Killebrew, who is helping to rent the space. “We have offices available from as small as 100 square feet all the way up to 1,300 square feet. And there are restrooms with every suite.”
The building has its own distinct charm, which can be most easily seen by its enormous windows which pipe in happiness. The old clinic had its formal opening on May 13, 1938. Back in those days, the nurses lived at the facility.
Dr. B.C. Smoot practiced at the clinic for 35 years. Dr. Murphy Martin, a mental health counselor, has been there for 32 years and counting.
Some of the suits are spacious. The former Red Cross office, for example, has a conference room, a number of smaller offices, a kitchen, and even its own shower. Other suites are not that elaborate.
If you’re looking for a spot to be close to all the action on Main Street, this is certainly it. Rachel says desks are available for anyone starting an office completely from scratch.
If you’d like to buy a brick to have your name memorialized on the front sidewalk, those are currently for sale too. Rachel said 56 bricks have been sold and they have to reach 101 before ordering.
If you’d like more information on the available office space, the church office can be reached at 473-2690. You can also call 474-3100 for leasing information.
New vape shop gets puffing
Raintree Manor nurse Chris Chesshire decided to turn in his two-week notice and leave his job on Tuesday. On Wednesday, he opened Avast Ye Vapes at the old Crouch Motors location on Sparta Street.
“I started smoking when I was a teenager and I smoked for years, but vaping is the only thing that’s allowed me to quit successfully,” said Chris. “You’ll be a lot happier if you quit. My lungs have cleared out. I have more energy and more breath. Vaping is a whole lot cheaper and it smells good. If there are several people in here vaping, you can walk in and it smells like a bakery.”
Chris is not walking into the vaping business wearing a blindfold. His sister has operated All Things E-Cigs in Manchester for over two years and given him plenty of pointers. She’s also given him the recipe to her Octopus E-Juice and he’s selling the top 70 flavors of it.
“My vision for this place is to have a lounge where you can buy your e-juice and socialize,” said Chris. “I have two TVs and I’m going to have several sofas and an Xbox. There’s also a fenced-in basketball court around back. I want this to be a place where you can hang out.”
Chris says he has all the e-cigarette products you could possible need from inexpensive delivery systems to top-of-the-line devices. He’s open seven days a week to make stopping by his new business extremely convenient.
Hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday thru Friday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The phone number is (931) 933-8991.
Chris said seniors get a 10 percent discount and veterans get a 15 percent discount. He says anyone bringing in a pack of cigarettes will get a free 15 mg of juice.
“The goal is to get people to quit smoking,” said Chris. "Cigarettes have all sorts of dangerous chemicals in them. It's not just the nicotine so it really makes sense to quit smoking if at all possible."
That’s all folks
If I should fail to produce a business column next week, you can blame it on Bonnaroo. Phone in business tips at 473-2191.