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Zaxby’s, Weigel’s bringing in jobs

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With construction underway on Zaxby’s and soon to start on Weigel’s, jobs will be opening up for Roane Countians.

Zaxby’s, a Southern chicken franchise, will open in a few weeks at 2022 Roane State Hwy. in Harriman’s Midtown area, confirmed licensees Gary and Mary Stuart Avants.

“We see this town as an ideal opportunity to expand the business and create an additional 30-40 jobs for the market,” said Gary Avants.

“We’re excited to bring this product to the Harriman community,” continued Avants, whose new restaurant will be his 14th Zaxby’s and the 61st in Tennessee. The 3,600-square-foot building will seat 70.

Construction on Weigel’s market and self-service gas station, also in Harriman’s Midtown area, will start early August, with opening set for Dec. 31.

“We typically put up signs on the property with our office number — 865-938-2042 — that asks if anyone is interested in applying to contact the office,” said Chris Ooten, Weigel’s real estate director.

This will be Weigel’s second Roane County store.

The company has a store on Gallaher Road, Kingston.