Valdosta Daily Times


September 15, 2013

53rd Annual Antiques Show and Sale this weekend


VALDOSTA — Business Roundup

The Lifeway Christian store’s official opening is Friday. The new store is located at the corner of Gornto and Baytree roads.

As of a week ago, the new Coyoacan Mexican restaurant was still taking applications. I keep being asked about them, so hopefully they’re really close to opening.

They are located on St. Augustine Road in the small strip center where the Wooden Nickel and the Green Iguana were located. The Coyoacan in Quitman has been there for a number of years, so a lot of Valdostans are already very familiar with the restaurant.

The new Vapor Lounge on Baytree isn’t open yet, as far as I could tell this week, but I’m being told it’s a place for people to smoke the new electronic cigarettes. Does anyone know for sure?

It looks like the library at Moody AFB is closing. We are still trying to get official information about it from the base, but you all know how I feel about libraries, and it’s such a shame to see one close .

Publix on Gornto Road is undergoing a variety of transformations over the next several weeks. The store is being renovated and updated, and sections of the supermarket have already moved. Most of the work is going on at night, apparently, so even if you’re a frequent shopper there, you may still have to ask directions to your favorite items.

BARC is going to have a ground breaking for a new animal shelter for Brooks County on Sept. 27 in Quitman. More details will follow in the paper this week.

After talking with someone this week who is familiar with Gondoliers in other areas of the country, it’s going to be a casual dining Italian restaurant. It’s now under construction on Norman Driver in front of Gander Mountain.

The Waffle House on Madison Highway is undergoing a major remodeling, and the Wendy’s on St. Augustine is being rebuilt from the ground up, literally. Several chains have done the same in recent years. They have great locations with outdated restaurants so rather than move, they simply tear down and rebuild. Or like the Taco Bell on North Ashley, they build right next door so they don’t have to close down at all.

The new Oasis carwash on North Ashley is being renovated and will reopen around the beginning of October.

Construction on the new RV business in Lake Park off Exit 5 is moving along nicely, although it’s still a shock to see the strip center on that side of the highway gone.

I’ve been in touch with Hooters’ corporate office, thanks to broker Scott Alderman, but with no luck on an opening date. It was originally supposed to be the beginning of September, but they are still working through their timeline. Hopefully I’ll have something firmer next week, but they are “looking forward to re-introducing our brand into the market, even more dynamically than before, with a corporate-operated restaurant.”

The Wells Fargo Home Mortgage office has moved and had a ribbon cutting recently at 3227 N. Oak St., Suite C.

That’s it for this week, but if there’s something I missed, please let me know!

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