Businesses find new locations

By Jessi Stone Assistant editor | Sep 11, 2013
Photo by: Caroline Klapper Businesses along Paragon Parkway and Access Road in Clyde have to relocate as the state prepares for road construction.

Many businesses in Haywood County have had to find a new location and others are still searching as more road construction looms.

Improvements being made to the N.C. 209 and U.S. 23/74 interchange in Clyde will affect 14 pieces of property and cause several well-established businesses to relocate soon.

David’s Home Entertainment, formerly located at 100 Access Road, has already moved to a new location at 2566 Asheville Road.

Owner David Sutton said his relocation was complete and the store reopened Sept. 2 near the intersection of Howell Mill Road and Asheville Road.

“It’s easy to find – a good location — but it’s not as good as what we had,” he said. “We’re doing some advertising letting people know we’re here, but we won’t have the same traffic count.”

Sutton said the move was a financial burden that he had to bear upfront because the North Carolina Department of Transportation only reimburses the businesses after the move is complete.

Roger Defibaugh, co-owner of Shoney’s, which is currently located behind Burger King and the Shell gas station, said he had two pieces of property in mind for a new location and was in the negotiating stage of the deal.

The plan is to build a brand new Shoney’s with a completely updated design. Defibaugh said he hoped to have concrete plans by the end of the month. While many of the businesses had a Sept. 1 moving deadline, he said his deadline had been extended to January.

“We hoping to reopen before we close,” he said, adding that the restaurant may be closed for a week or so during the transition.

Burger King employees said the current location will be closing but will reopen up the hill on the other side of the Food Lion.

DOT is set to begin the Clyde area construction project April 2014 and it is estimated to cost about $25 million. The project will create a new on-ramp heading toward Waynesville and reconstruct the exit ramp onto 209, separating them from the access road. The access road will be moved to the north, as will Paragon Parkway.

The goal is to lessen traffic congestion in the area by widening Crabtree Road to four lanes and a turning lane that will extend toward Old Clyde Road, stopping before the Haywood County Fairgrounds. The train trestle in that spot will be reconstructed to allow for the widening of N.C. 209 underneath it.

Businesses shift west

The west Waynesville projects are the latest of several on South Main Street. Old Town Bank has completed its two-story $2.3 million facility and will have a grand opening soon. A new liquor store being constructed at 52 Dayco Dr., the entrance road to Waynesville Commons where anchor stores Walmart, Belk and Best Buy have opened in recent years, is also expected to open soon.

Taco Bell on Paragon Parkway in Clyde also has found a new location on South Main Street in Waynesville. Construction is under way on the South Main site right now across the road from Walmart.

Mattress Firm will also be opening next to the new Taco Bell, according to county planning director, Paul Benson. It will occupy about 4,500-square feet of space.

"I expect the buildings will go up pretty quickly but I do not have the estimated completion dates," he said.

Todd Carrier and Soni Carrier, owners of Maggie's Galley, are getting ready to open soon at their new location at 1374 Sulphur Springs Road in Waynesville. They were forced to move from their previous leased location at the corner of Howell Mill Road and Russ Avenue because road construction significantly reduced the parking lot.

Soni Carrier said waiting for a kitchen inspection held up the opening for a while, but now everything was coming together. The gas is the last thing that needs to be turned on in the kitchen. She expects to be open in the next couple of weeks. About 11 previous employees are coming back to Maggie’s Galley, but Soni thinks she will need about 30 employees total.

The new location used to be a pool hall. Contractor Josh Milner said everything had to be reconstructed for the restaurant except the shell of the building.

The restaurant can seat up to 180 people and includes several unique dining rooms that can be reserved for parties. Each dining room has an electric fireplace — the one in the main dining room actually smokes to give it a real fire ambiance.

“We tried to includes things that people said they liked from the other location,” Soni said. “Each room is unique in its own way. We tried to make comfy rooms like we had before.”