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Thomas Robinson, Executive Director
Tullahoma Area EDC (TAEDC)
Winston Brooks, Community Development Coordinator
City of Tullahoma
New Retail Development: For Immediate Release
Tullahoma Gets New Food & Retail
Starbucks, Kay Jewelers, & Jimmy John’s to Locate
TULLAHOMA, TENN. October 3, 2017 — The City of Tullahoma is proud to announce that Starbucks, Kay Jewelers, and Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches will open stores in Tullahoma on North Jackson Street across from the Northgate Mall. The three nationally-known stores will be co-located in a building developed by Warren Commercial Real Estate of Nashville, Tennessee. Phil Warren, Jr. joined Tullahoma Mayor Lane Curlee in making the announcement today.
The new stores will be located at 1605 North Jackson Street in Tullahoma, adjacent to the ATT and Mattress Firm building. Construction of the 5800 square foot building will begin in late October and all three are expected to open in late summer to early fall of 2018.
“This is more great news for Tullahoma and the region,” stated Tullahoma Mayor Lane Curlee. “While we are happy to see these new stores coming to town, we recognize the tremendous contributions of our existing stores and restaurants. Together the old and the new will make Tullahoma an even more attractive place to visit, all working to make this area the Retail Hub of South Central Tennessee.”
“I’m excited that all three of these nationally-recognized and respected companies are coming to town. Their investment and confidence in our community represents a continuance of the new season of retail and commercial development for our City, and the entire area.”
“We have been working with Warren Commercial Real Estate for some time now, and the result of the hard work by all involved has resulted in this new development,” said Mayor Curlee.
“I want to especially thank Phil Warren, Jr. for his continuing efforts to bring this project to reality,” Curlee continued. “Many, many hours of hard work preceded this announcement. The developer and these companies and their representatives have invested a great deal of money and shown a great deal of patience and perseverance. I commend them and thank them for their efforts.”
Phil Warren, Jr., Principal Broker and Vice President of the Real Estate firm is also excited about the new locations.
“We were happy to bring the new ATT and Mattress Firm companies to their new locations here and I know that they have been very pleased with their reception by the Tullahoma Area community,” Warren stated. “We have been very happy to work with the entire Tullahoma Development Team in bringing this project to life,” he added.
The Mayor continued by thanking many other people involved in the process, including the City’s Retail Consulting firm and the local support team that worked behind the scenes to make prospective retailers aware of the advantages of the Tullahoma marketplace.
“Our City Staff, including TAEDC Economic Development Director Thom Robinson, Planning and Codes Director Lee Lawson and his staff, and Community Coordinator Winston Brooks have put in much hard work to assist Mr. Warren and bring this development to a reality,” said Curlee.
“And,” he continued, “we again thank Lacy Beasley and her team at Retail Strategies, LLC., for their support and involvement in helping to make the project happen.”
The Tullahoma Area Economic Development Corporation (TAEDC) also congratulated the developer and new businesses for their investment and expressed belief that this project would have a major impact in branding Tullahoma as a center for the region’s retail opportunities.
TAEDC Board Chairman Lynn Sebourn was especially excited to learn of the addition of the three nationally-known stores.
“We’ve worked for some time with developers, companies, and Retail Strategies to build a Retail Story that tells people that we have a growing Retail Hub here, and we’re working to expand it so our area’s citizens have a broader and more diverse mixture of good shopping options,” Sebourn said.
“These new stores bring name brand stores to our market, adding to the good mix of shopping and dining options,” he continued. “Our hope is that these announcements, as well as Publix, Aldi’s, and other new logos will spur even more interest in our market in the months and years to come,” he stated.
“And, again, we also want to remember that the local governing bodies, by approving the TIF program two years ago, provided the impetus to make all this happen, providing jobs and economic benefit to the whole region, not just the City of Tullahoma,” Sebourn concluded.
Jimmy John Liautaud is the owner and founder of Jimmy John’s Sandwiches. With a $25,000 loan from his father, Liautaud opened the first Jimmy John’s in 1983 in Charleston, Illinois, after graduating from high school. He learned to bake bread, hand-selected the best quality ingredients and enlisted the help of his family to develop the first four subs on the Jimmy John’s menu.
In 1986, Liautaud opened the second Jimmy John’s in Macomb, Illinois, and the first Jimmy John’s franchise operation in 1994. While Jimmy John’s serves lunch and dinner, it also provides delivery and catering services. As of December 2016, the number had grown to 2,630 locations.
Local Tullahoma residents Christi and Ken Hamm are the franchise owners and operators for the new venture.
The first Kay Jewelers opened its doors in 1916 in Reading, Pennsylvania. Since then, that one store has grown into the No. 1 specialty jewelry brand in the US, with more than 900 stores. Kay, which concentrates on fine, fashionable jewelry and watches, is now division of Sterling Jewelers Inc., in Akron, Ohio, the largest jewelry retailer worldwide.
Starbucks started in 1971 with a roaster and the desire to sell the best roasted coffee beans and spices on the market. The first store was in Pike Place Market in Seattle. From there, the company spread to more than 60 countries. As of 2016, there were over 25,000 stores in the world with 7,880 company-operated stores in the U.S.