IHOP says it will bring 70 to 90 jobs to Cov­ing­ton,

The Covington News - - FRONT PAGE - DANIELLE EVER­SON deverson@cov­news.com

The pro­posed In­ter­na­tional House of Pan­cakes and Sprint wire­less store are sched­uled to open in the spring and the new restau­rant is ex­pected to bring 70 to 90 new jobs to the area.

IHOP is ex­pected to open in May and the Sprint store in April, said David Shana­han, devel­op­ment part­ner with The Tril­ogy Group. He said on Tues­day that the deal is still in the works and the com­pany is now try­ing to close on the prop­erty be­fore the end of the year.

“We still have one is­sue that we have to deal with but I would hope that we’ll be able to close by our out­side date. Hopefully, ev­ery­thing gets re­solved here and we can start con­struc­tion by the first of the year. I have more work to do, but it really hasn’t changed the sched­ule,” Shana­han said.

Craig Hoff­man, an IHOP spokesman, said the pro­posed Cov­ing­ton restau­rant will be owned and op­er­ated by fran­chisees Joe Scrip­ture and Jose Rodriguez, whom Hoff­man said cur­rently own and op­er­ate 15 IHOP restau­rants in the At­lanta area.

“The restau­rant will be 4,500 square feet, a nice sized space and they ex­pect to cre­ate be­tween 70 and 90 new jobs in the mar­ket with hir­ing ten­ta­tively sched­uled to be­gin some­time in April for the pro­jected May open­ing,” Hoff­man said.

“Each of the other IHOP’s th­ese gen­tle­men are in­volved in are ac­tive mem­bers of their com­mu­ni­ties, sup­port­ing lo­cal schools, li­braries and other causes and they ex­pect to be equally in­volved and sup­port­ive of the Cov­ing­ton com­mu­nity.”

The Cov­ing­ton City Coun­cil unan­i­mously ap­proved at their Dec. 3 meet­ing sub­di­vid­ing a por­tion of the Cov­ing­ton Walmart’s park­ing lot for com­mer­cial use so that the two busi­nesses could lo­cate there, near the in­ter­sec­tion of In­dus­trial Boule­vard and Ga. High­way 142.

The por­tion of Walmart’s park­ing lot, lo­cated across from McDon­ald’s, is be­ing sold off by Walmart to The Tril­ogy Group for a pro­posed IHOP restau­rant and Sprint store.

City Se­nior Plan­ner Scott Gaither said the par­cel of 1.47 acres of land would be sub­di­vided for the pro­posed project.

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