The former location of Snooky's Restaurant is undergoing demolition and major renovation making way for a new Verizon franchise store slated to open October 1. This will be Wireless One Management, LLC's ninth Verizon franchise store, and its first in Statesboro.
"Verizon approached us just about a year ago, and asked us if we would be interested in putting a store in Statesboro," said Thomas Bradford, co-owner of the Athens-based company. "We were immediately interested in the market and the opportunity that it presented."
Bradford said Verizon specified the area of town in which they wanted to the store to be built, and with much due diligence he and his partner decided upon the Snooky's location.
"It really was the best location for us to serve the residents of Statesboro and Georgia Southern students," Bradford said. "And, it carries so much history with it. We are leaving part of the structure, but it will look very different when everything is finished."
Snooky's owner Bruce Yawn said he is glad that something is being built there.
"It really doesn't bother me that most of the building is being demolished," he said. "The memories I have aren't of the building, they are of the people that came to eat there, and all of the laughs and truly good times that we had. I think it is a very good thing that the location is going to be utilized. I wish them well."
Bradford said the new store will be 3,000 square feet and look very similar to the Verizon company store that is located on Buckhead Drive between Northside Drive and Brannen Street.
"There is a possibility that we may open on September 15, but right now we are projecting the first of October," Bradford said. "It is going to be a beautiful store, and I think folks will really, really like it."
Bradford said he intends to hire eight to nine employees who will focus on providing excellent customer service.
"We are going to hire the friendliest staff that we can find," he said. "This is truly what sets us apart from other carriers. I really believe that you will notice a difference when you enter our store."
Those seeking employment with Bradford's Verizon store should email their information to the following address:
"We have hired about half of the staff, but still have a few positions available," he said.
"I encourage folks that are interested to contact us."