Each week, Statesboro Herald reporter Al Hackle and I keep a list of questions about business activity in the Statesboro area you share with us as you see us out in the community, then research the information and give you updates.
When possible Al and I then follow up with more detailed stories. We listen to your questions and ideas and, from there, we are continually working to make the business section more informative. However, when printing the business section once per week we are limited with the number of stories we can cover in detail.
Every few weeks, as we gather enough of these questions, we offer these updates as a column. A few of these we have already written about, however construction has begun or the projects have moved along to a point where you are curious about them. Here is an update on recent movement we have received the most questions about:
• Georgia Southern has begun construction on the new 32,000-square-foot Military Science Building on Highway 301 South at the intersection of South Main and Rucker Lane in the parking lot across from the BP Station. The building will serve as the new home of the Military Science Department in the College of Science and Mathematics. The building will include a large assembly room, meeting rooms, classrooms, and faculty and administrative offices. Anticipated construction completion date is December 2017.
• Ellis Wood Contracting has begun land clearing and site work behind the Statesboro Fire Department off of Fair Road. This new development will house Brampton Professional Center Phase One and will link into the Market District. It will house physician and other professional offices when completed.
• Krystal restaurant on Brannen Street recently complete extensive renovations which included all new decor, seating package and the addition of TVs. New exterior paint, lighting and signage. The restaurant was closed for a week while they completed the $75,000 project.
• The local owners of McDonald's have closed their Walmart Supercenter location. Walmart has expanded their financial services operation into part of the old restaurant.
• Frontier will no longer accept payments at their Retail Center on Grady Street. They are asking customers to pay online at www.frontier.com, mail their payment using the payment envelop included with the monthly bill, auto pay through the bank or pay with cash or debit card at the two Walmart locations in Statesboro. Those needing assistance with this change can call Frontier at 1-800-921-9101. The Grady Street Retail Center will remain open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday to allow local residents to try out the high-speed and video products.
• Ward's Auto Painting and Bodyworks has opened their first location in Statesboro and their seventh location overall. The new location is next door to JC Lewis Ford at 12130 Highway 301 South. Bob Wyatt is the local manager and they will employ five other staff members. Wards is owned by Robbie Ward.
• Greg Parker, owner of Parker's convenience stores has hired Statesboro native Brian Prevatt, CPA, as director of Finance and Administration. In his new position, Prevatt is responsible for overseeing financial strategy and fiscal operations at Parker's. Prevatt earned a B.B.A in Accounting and a Master of Accountancy at Georgia Southern University. He currently resides in Savannah with his wife Savanna and daughter Sutton.
Thanks for your continued support and helping keep us in the loop as exciting progress continues throughout the community.
Please email DeWayne at email@example.com or give him a call at (912) 489-9499.