By GALEN HOLLEY
Applebee’s is coming to Grenada.
The national restaurant chain plans to build a prototype eatery in the Lake City, officials said Wednesday.
“We’re very excited about this and we’re confident it will be something good for Grenada,” said local businessman Justin McPhail, of McPhail and Associates, who assisted in shepherding the deal.
Construction will begin in February or March, McPhail said, on a 1.6 acre lot just west of State Bank and Trust, in front of Walmart.
According to McPhail, the lot belonged to Dr. R.C. Purohit of Senatobia.
“This is something that will bring people in off the interstate,” said City Manager Charles “Jo Jo” Weathers, who negotiated infrastrucutre concerns with Applebee’s.
According to Weathers, the restaurant chain wanted to modify drainage on the property, and he decided, after obtaining permission from the Mississippi Department of Transportation, that it was in the city’s best interest to accommodate the chain.
“We knew that this would be a great economic development project,” said Weathers, adding that Grenada will pay for around $15,000 worth of new drainage.
The investors in the project are Birmingham-based Quality Restaurant Concepts, LLC., McPhail said.
Neither Weathers nor McPhail knew an estimated date of completion for the restaurant.
Grenada will make the nineteenth location for Applebee’s in Mississippi.