It appears New Tazewell will be getting its Little Caesars franchise, after all. Superior Construction owner, and franchise holder, Nathan Gilliam confirmed last week he is in the last stages of negotiations with the property owners for an alternate site.
“I don’t want to announce just where the business will go until we’ve signed the lease,” said Gilliam, adding he expects the signing to occur within the next few days.
His original plan was to construct a slightly modified version of the typical Little Caesars pizza parlor beside the New Tazewell Auto Zone. Apparently negotiations broke down between Gilliam and Five-Star Properties, the deed holders of the vacant piece of land on which the business was originally intended to be built.
“This is just a little hiccup in our plan. We (Five-Star Properties and Gilliam) just couldn’t come to an agreement with the final lease terms,” said Gilliam, during a telephone interview.
During the July meeting of the New Tazewell board of Mayor and Aldermen (BMA), the issue was briefly discussed. However, none present seemed to have a clue just where the franchise will be located.
Alderman Andy Duncan, who initially informed the New Tazewell Planning Commission of the halt in negotiations between Five-Star and Gilliam, said he had “heard” the franchise might be located inside the Rockwood Shopping Center, near Fresh & Low.
However, Duncan said, the space does not already have a drive-up window, something the franchise holder would like included in the floor plan.
In other action, the BMA unanimously approved on first reading the rezoning of two lots on Lewis Ritchie Road, to accommodate the construction of residential apartments for the elderly.
The builder is expected to begin the project by the end of July.
The council will be doling out $250 to help the New Tazewell Little League Softball Team pay for overnight accommodations while competing in Elizabethton.
The seven and eight year old girls lost only one game during the season, eventually winning the District 6 title over Maryville, said Mandolyn Noe of the 13 girls expected to compete.
During the Beer Board meeting, Naran Bhai Patel and Tarkik Patel were given permission to continue selling the alcoholic beverage at the Marathon Station, located beside DeRoyal. The two will officially pick up the new beer permit the Friday before the intended July 20 takeover.
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