A lot of you have driven by and seen all the construction going on in Tupelo, so here’s an update on what we know on some of the most talked-about places:
• First, CHICK-FIL-A at Thompson Square. As you’re well aware, the old store was closed Dec. 31. and construction crews started taking it down and cleared the property within a few weeks.
Construction of the new store, which will be slightly bigger but offer two drive-throughs to maximize efficiency and service, is expected to be finished in May. The restaurant will seat about 158 people, and the dual drive-throughs will allow room for 32 vehicles, more than double the old capacity.
And are you wondering what all the CFA employees are doing? Some are still working. This from the restaurant’s Facebook page recently:
During our reconstruction, a number of our team members will be traveling to participate in Grand Openings for Chick-fil-A all across the country. They will bring back a greater understanding of the functionality for our future building and better prepare us for our own reopening in May.
And we got word from CFA franchise owner Jamey Finley on the store:
This week we are roughing walls. We will also be getting the brick and block started. The roof is being installed. Window frames and glass are being set. We should be starting insulation and sheet rock next week.
• Next is TUPELO CROSSROADS at the corner of North Gloster and Barnes Crossing Road.
There’s one main building under construction now, and in that building will be Pyro’s Fire Fresh Pizza, Which Wich, Charlie Graingers and Aspen Dental. That’s the order of the businesses as you’re looking at the front of the building from left to right.
A couple of the places have said they expect to open in April (Which Wich and Apsen Dental) or June (Pyro’s), but we haven’t gotten confirmation from the developer. We’ll have to wait until we hear from him to confirm.
And where is Zaxby’s, you ask? Good question. The company said last year it was coming to Tupelo, but since most of the ones I’ve seen are standalone locations, it doesn’t look like it will opening as soon as the others. We’ve left them some messages, but haven’t heard back. We’ll fill you in when we hear someting.
• Then we have TEXAS ROADHOUSE on North Gloster, next to Outback. It didn’t take long for the walls and roof to go up did it? These folks work fast, but then, big chains like this do it all the time.
The restaurant, is on track for a May opening.
According to Texas Roadhouse, the nearly 7,200-square-foot restaurant will initially employ about 180 full- and part-time employees when it opens. Site plans include 160 parking stalls on the 2.3 acre site, which was the old Vanelli’s location before the April 2014 tornado forced its closure and relocation to downtown.
TTexas Roadhouse was founded on Feb. 17, 1993, when Kent Taylor opened the first location in Clarksville, Indiana.
The closest Texas Roadhouse locations to Tupelo are in Horn Lake, Memphis, Florence and Tuscaloosa