After a bump or two in the road, Little Caesars franchise holder Nathan Gilliam has cemented a location for his new business. The pizza parlor will be located in the southern corner of the Rockwood Shopping Center building, where a portion of the Walters State Community College Tazewell campus was located before its move to the old Claiborne County High School building.
The site, owned by local real estate mogul Roger Ball, will need a bit of revamping. Extensive renovations will include cutting a door and window into the currently solid outside wall and installing a drive-up window and awning along the side of the building, said Gilliam during the New Tazewell Planning Commission meeting last week.
Repaving alongside the business, something city building inspector Jerry Hooper apparently requested during an earlier meeting with Gilliam, should eradicate any rainwater runoff issues.
Hooper also asked that fire-rated walls be installed.
Gilliam came before the commission for signage approval. While there, he answered other questions raised by some of the commissioners.
Apparently, all Little Caesars franchises are take-out and/or drive-through window service only. Gilliam said his business would follow the same guidelines with no sit-down or delivery services available.
Although he could not specify an opening date, Gilliam did say he wanted to get the business open as soon as possible.
The franchise was to have been located beside the Auto Zone in New Tazewell. However, last minute negotiations apparently broke down between Gilliam and Five-Star Properties, the owners of the land on which Gilliam wanted to build his pizza business.
In other action, the planning commission decided to leave well enough alone concerning a strip of vacant lots running near the New Tazewell Industrial Park.
City planner Jan Newsome asked the commissioners whether they wished to rezone the empty lots from R1 to R2 to make the area more uniform.
After a bit of discussion, the board agreed to leave the designations intact until “asked” by the individual owners to approve rezoning of their lots.
Jan Runions may be reached at 423-626-3222 or Twitter @scribeCP.