Douglasville is seeing its share of business activity at the beginning of 2018.
One business is celebrating a new location in the city, one business is adding to its number of stores in the city, and one new business is coming to Douglasville.
“From my perspective, I think it’s a good thing,” City Manager Marcia Hampton said. “I think it’s showing that the economy is thriving and improving. Hopefully, we can continue that same momentum through this calendar year and moving forward.”
Cinco De Mayo Mexican Grill relocating
After closing its store on Highway 5 on Dec. 31, the Cinco De Mayo Mexican Grill is only a few weeks away from opening its new restaurant on Douglas Boulevard near MoJoBaS Fun Factory.
Cinco De Mayo had been located across from the Publix in the the old Mazzio's Pizza building.
“They’re in the process of moving,” Douglasville Building Official Mike Mettler said. “I know that they filed their business license.”
Moving forward, Hampton said that she would like to see more office businesses come into the city as well.
“One of the things that have just been talked about for a while is to get an opportunity for more Class A office space,” Hampton said. “For more office, professional-type businesses, but of course we're limited because we don't necessarily have that type of office space, but it would be nice to see if we could get more opportunities for employment in Douglasville that way.”
Little Caesars coming to Fairburn Road
Douglasville has another Little Caesars on the way. The fast-food style pizza restaurant is going to be in the Kroger shopping center at Fairburn Road and Hospital Drive. The new Little Caesars will be located in the store that was formerly the Blimpie subs restaurant. The restaurant is scheduled to open on Feb. 6, according to the contractors on site.
Blimpie closed in late October 2016 after operating in Douglasville for over 20 years. The Little Caesars on Highway 5, which opened in July 2016, is still going to operate after the opening of the new Hospital Drive location. The only difference between the two restaurants is that the Highway 5 location has a drive-thru window while the Hospital Drive restaurant won’t.
Little Caesars opened in 1959 in Garden City, Michigan by founders Michael and Marian Ilitch. The restaurant is now the world’s largest carry-out pizza chain with restaurants on five continents, according to its website.
Woodstock Furniture opening on Douglas Boulevard
Woodstock Furniture & Mattress Outlet is coming to Douglas Boulevard in the old Douglasville Package Store building next to Dunkin' Donuts. The chain plans to expand to 15 more stores in the west Georgia area, according to local attorney Joe Fowler. The company wants to tear down the 9,000-square foot abandoned package store and build an entirely new 5,000-square foot building for the new Woodstock store.
The building is expected to be moved closer to Douglas Boulevard to make room for furniture to be dropped off at the building. The sign next to the building is going to be refurbished, according to Fowler.
The Aaron family first opened Woodstock Furniture in 1988, according to the company’s website. There are currently four Woodstock Furniture & Mattress Outlets in Georgia. The stores are in Acworth, Hiram, Rome and Canton.