New busi­nesses wel­comed with ground­break­ing cer­e­mony

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Con­struc­tion for new busi­nesses in Cov­ing­ton will now be wel­comed with a tra­di­tional ground­break­ing cer­e­mony from the City of Cov­ing­ton, with the first sched­uled for Mon­day.

“A busi­ness mak­ing the de­ci­sion to come to Cov­ing­ton is sig­nif­i­cant,” Cov­ing­ton Mayor Ron­nie John­ston said. “We should ab­so­lutely be rolling out the red car­pet, or in this case the gold shov­els, for them.”

Cov­ing­ton City Coun­cil mem­bers and city of­fi­cials, as well as rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the busi­ness open­ing, will par­tic­i­pate in the cer­e­mo­nial mov­ing of dirt, sig­ni­fy­ing the start of con­struc­tion.

“Any busi­ness that is will­ing to in­vest in our com­mu­nity needs to be thanked and this is a small way we can show our ap­pre­ci­a­tion,” John­ston said. “More places of com­merce mean more jobs, more re­tail op­tions for cit­i­zens and more money flow­ing into our econ­omy.”

The first cer­e­mony is sched­uled for Mon­day at 1 p.m. at the fu­ture lo­ca­tion for Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sand­wiches sit­u­ated be­tween Elm and Baker streets on Hwy. 278.

“Founded in 1983 Jimmy Johns Gourmet Sand­wiches has re­cently be­come a one of the fastest grow­ing restau­rant com­pa­nies in the United States,” said Jimmy John’s Op­er­a­tional Part­ner John Nis­san. “As a Jimmy John’s fran­chisee, we are ex­cited to bring this brand to the City of Cov­ing­ton and to join the com­mu­nity of busi­ness of New­ton County.”

The sec­ond cer­e­mony is sched­uled for Thurs­day at 11 a.m. at the fu­ture lo­ca­tion of Nitro 2 Go Bev­er­age, a spir­its and bot­tle shop lo­cated next to Cov­ing­ton Ford on Hwy. 36.

“We are ex­cited to see grad­ing on this project which we have been plan­ning for over a year,” said long time Neely fam­ily at­tor­ney Phil John­son. “We be­lieve the devel­op­ment here will be the first of many new busi­nesses and homes to lo­cate on this key prop­erty of east Cov­ing­ton and will help set the tone and tenor of the qual­ity devel­op­ment which the Neely fam­ily has long dreamed of for this his­toric tract.”

Cit­i­zens are wel­come to at­tend the cer­e­monies and those in­ter­ested can keep up with fu­ture events on the city’s web­site and Face­book page.

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