Milledgeville and Baldwin County are seeing a number of growth opportunities with new business developments popping up around town lately, primarily restaurants, along with a pet supply store and a senior daycare facility.
Some of the business developments in the midst of opening are:
The pet supply store is in the midst of opening between Swan’s Dry Cleaning and LongHorn Steakhouse in the Milledgeville Mall parking lot. Hull Storey Gibson Senior Vice President Ky Widener said in late August 2012 that the merchant was expected to open in the beginning of this year. Founded in 2005, Petsense is a leading national retail pet specialty chain focused on growth in under-served markets, including Dublin, Thomaston, Griffin and Commerce. The chain is currently the ninth largest pet specialty retailer in the country, according to Pet Business magazine.
• Local Yolkal Cafe
Utilizing The Baldwin’s street level retail space in downtown Milledgeville on West Hancock Street, owners Cliff and Jennifer Charnes expect to open this spring. The upscale breakfast, brunch and lunch restaurant will serve up breakfast classics, including omelets, pancakes, waffles and numerous eggs benedict variations. Hours of operation are slated from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m.
• Firehouse Subs
Located in a portion of the former Blockbuster building, Owner William McComb expects to open the business in late March or early April. The restaurant chain will serve up its famous hot specialty subs, cold subs, salads and kid’s combos. Catering of sub, salad, cookie and brownie platters will also be available. Firehouse Subs in Milledgeville is slated to be open from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and until 10 p.m. Friday through Saturday.
• Terry Ho’s Hibachi Express
Owners Chun and Sissy Fei Chow leased the former Long John Silver’s and A&W All American Food restaurant building next to Pizza Hut on North Columbia Street in early January. Slated to open in the beginning of April, the restaurant will serve up fast Asian-inspired foods, including egg rolls, salads, wraps, hibachi meats and noodles. Hours of operation are scheduled from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday with extended hours on the weekend.
• Heritage Oaks Adult Daycare
Brothers and business partners Caleb, Joshua and Faris Flournoy purchased the building formerly housing Baldwin Trophies & Awards across from the Rocket Roller Rink in November 2012. Interior renovations and remodeling projects kicked off in January, and the facility is slated to open by mid-May. The center will provide disabled senior citizens and children a home away from home with meals, wheelchair accessible bathroom and shower, a room designated for Alzheimer’s and dementia care and social activities, including gardening, arts and crafts, puzzles, Bingo, movies and field trips within the community. The facility will open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
• Development at the Kroger shopping center
Kroger sold three outparcels adjacent to the building to The Sofran Group for the purpose of constructing 14,600 square feet of shop space, including a Shane’s Rib Shack, nail spa and hair salon. Plans to break ground and have construction under way is slated by May off of North Columbia Street. All tenants are expected to open by the end of the year. Shane’s Rib Shack will offer pork, barbecue chicken, half chicken, ribs, sandwiches, chicken tenders, wings, salads, a number of sides, desserts, party platter and catering services.
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