We’ve had our first sandwich at the new Jimmy John’s restaurant in the shopping center south of Walmart. It was a traditional turkey breast sandwich with chips. We enjoyed it and think Jimmy John’s will do well. Something that came to us while dining there was to realize how many people work within a quarter-mile of this particular restaurant. Of course, Walmart has a huge workforce but the shopping center itself has a fair number of employees. Quite a few people – maybe 400-500 – work between Hollensworth and Greene streets on the bypass, or near the bypass intersection with Warnock Springs. Wendy’s and Chicken Express are also close, but one appreciates that workers looking for a fast-food option don’t always want fried chicken or hamburgers. Obviously all three restaurant companies believe the location to be a good one.
Speaking of the bypass. We’ve mentioned before that we appreciate the improvements. We especially appreciate the widened Nations Creek Bridge and the improved traffic flow at both the bypass intersections with Main and East North. We know many people really wanted traffic lights at the bypass and Greene and University streets but in retrospect, we’re OK with the new turn lanes at both intersections. The idea of the highway widening is to speed traffic up and there’s no doubt that putting in new traffic lights will slow it down. The turn lanes and the additional north- and southbound lanes make a big difference.
Austin and B.J. Talley of Magnolia were injured earlier this week in a vehicle mishap in Ouachita County. Friends have started a gofundme.com page to help them meet some of their expenses during this time. CLICK HERE to see the page.
We have to mention again the curious nature of people who are unable to maneuver their vehicles within arm’s reach of drive-through service windows or ATMs. Getting out of your car at an ATM spoils the whole operational concept. And one must be able to get close enough to the building so that restaurant workers can hand over your food.
Matthew Newton will speak to the Rotary Club of Magnolia during its meeting at noon Thursday at the LifeSmart Center. He is a Magnolia native and is president of Dallas-based Magnolia Lodging, LLC, a hospitality construction, development, and management company. His parents, Wayne and Sarah Shinn Newton; and grandparents, the late G.J. and Mary Sue Shinn, were long-time Magnolia residents.