Sound Proof Car Stereo is moving into a new home. The auto shop is moving east on Douglas Boulevard near the Lowe’s and Golden Corral. The move is expected to be completed in three months.
“We need more space,” Sound Proof co-owner Larry Weaver said. “We’ve basically run out of space here.”
The new 5,400-square foot shop should be able to house eight to 10 cars, which nearly doubles the three-to-five car limit at the current 3,000-square foot location near Home Depot.
Sound Proof is going to be one of the many new additions on the eastern side of Douglas Boulevard headed towards Chapel Hill Road. The new Sound Proof store is going behind the old package store, which may become the home for a new Woodstock Furniture & Mattress Outlet, according to local attorney Joe Fowler. Douglas Donuts recently opened in the area and the Arbor Square Shopping Center is nearing the end of its remodeling project with Del Taco, Burlington Coat Factory, Bealls and Smoothie King among other business moving into the plaza.
“There are a lot of different areas in Atlanta that do what we do, but we like it,” Weaver said. “We’re not leaving, we’re going to continue to grow. We like that the area we’re moving into has much more traffic. A lot more traffic.”
Weaver began his Douglasville car service in 1989 in the former shopping center that is now a Walgreens before moving to the store’s current location in 2000. The store specializes in car audio and video, window tinting, truck and SUV accessories, and custom wheel and tire packages. The new location should help the company focus more on its truck accessories, according to Weaver.
“Douglasville’s grown over the past 30 years and we’ve grown with it,” Weaver said. “We plan to be here another 30 years. We’re not going anywhere.”
Hungry Howie’s reopens with new owners
After closing in November, the Hungry Howie’s on Chapel Hill Road has been open again for the last eight days.
“It’s been good,” new Hungry Howie’s franchisee Troy Anderson said. “We didn’t do a whole lot of marketing prior to reopening. We wanted to make sure our staff had a good week to get under their belt.”
Anderson co-owns the Chapel Hill location with his wife, Hannah. The couple bought the restaurant because they were building a Hungry Howie’s in Newnan and when the corporate office asked the Andersons if they wanted to buy the Douglasville location as well, they agreed.
“Whenever you open up a restaurant, you always look at what the population is within three miles and this restaurant definitely has the number of people necessary to be successful with the restaurant,” Troy Anderson said. “The previous franchisee has experienced quite a bit of success himself with this restaurant. Given our background and what we know we can do, we felt that we could duplicate that success and hopefully do better.”
Although Hungry Howie’s is the first chain the couple has invested in owning, both Andersons went to culinary school and have served in the food industry for over two decades. The Andersons have worked with Delta Airlines, various universities, and J. Alexander’s restaurants in Atlanta prior to partnering with Hungry Howie’s.
What makes Hungry Howie’s stand out is the pizza restaurant’s flavored crust. There are eight different flavor combinations that come complimentary with the pizza, according to Anderson.
“We’re new to the Douglasville area living in Newnan,” Troy Anderson said. “But we want to get involved in the community and really become a part of the community. We reached out to the school and some of the local businesses to see what we can do to get involved and how we can help them — grow the business along with Douglasville as it grows.”