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Shoney’s returns to Haywood County

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It took years to find the new location, and longer than expected to finish construction, but employees are in the midst of training, and Shoney’s returns to the Haywood County menu on Monday, Nov. 11, said owner Gary Lowe.

“We open Monday at 7 a.m., forever,” Lowe said. “Our operating hours right now are 7 a.m. until 10 p.m.”

The new Shoney’s of Waynesville, located on Old Asheville Highway between Lowe’s Home Improvement and Junaluska Animal Hospital, is the third time Lowe has opened the restaurant in Haywood County, he said.

“I’ve been in Shoney’s for 54 years,” Lowe said. “This is the seventh store that I’ve taken from the dirt.”

Lowe’s first Shoney’s operated on Russ Avenue from 1979 to 1997. The second store was closed in 2014 to make room for a new interchange at exit 104 of U.S. 23-74 — just down the road from the new location.

The new Shoney’s was first announced in 2017, and people have become impatient during the two years it took to build and open the store, Lowe said.

“We’ve had some problems, and it’s not been an easy task,” Lowe said. “We’re 20 months into a six-month build, if that’ll tell you anything.”

Customers’ patience will pay off when they visit the 5,500 square-foot restaurant with seating for 153 diners, Lowe said. Offered alongside the fresh-made food is a limited bar serving beer and wine, and outside dining will be available at a later date, Lowe said.

“It’s taken longer than I wanted to,” Lowe said. “We built a beautiful store.”

Shoney’s is still hiring for most positions, and looks to staff a total of 60 employees, Lowe said.

“We’ll be short-staffed, that worries me, but every business you see has got a help-wanted sign on it,” Lowe said. “We just want to make sure we have enough people to take care of our guests.”

In the midst of staff training ahead of opening day, Lowe said he was happy to be back open in Haywood County.

“Everybody seems super excited about it, and so are we,” Lowe said.

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The Haywood County Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing on Monday, June 15, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. in the Historic Courtroom of the Haywood County Historic Courthouse located at 215 N. Main Street, Waynesville, North Carolina 28786. The purpose of the hearing is to allow the public to discuss the sale of the Historic Haywood County Hospital located at 1230 N. Main Street, Waynesville, North Carolina to Landmark Asset Services, Inc. for $225,000.00. The County intends to sell the property for affordable housing for persons of low to moderate income per N.C.G.S. 153A-378. The sale of the Historic Haywood County Hospital is authorized and conducted pursuant to N.C.G.S. 160A-267. The County shall attach covenants or conditions to assure that the property will be put to public use for persons of low to moderate income. Persons wishing to be heard at the public hearing are asked to be present. The County Commissioners may adopt reasonable rules governing the conduct of the hearing including; (i) fixing the maximum time allotted to each speaker, (ii) providing for the designation of spokesmen for groups of persons supporting or opposing the same position, (iii) providing for the selection of delegates from groups of persons supporting or opposing the same positions when the number of persons wishing to attend the hearing exceeds the capacity of the hall, and (iv) providing for the maintenance of order and decorum in the conduct of the hearing.

This 1st day of June, 2020.

Tracy L. Wells, Clerk to the Board

Haywood County Board of Commissioners

No. 35453