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Jonesboro adds new businesses, job opportunities for students

Published: Monday, December 2, 2013

Updated: Monday, December 2, 2013 10:12

Throughout the semester Jonesboro has grown and introduced many new businesses, many close to A-State’s campus including Newk’s Eatery and Schlotzky’s.

Newk’s, located at 3410 East Johnson Avenue, had its grand opening on Nov. 18. Prior to this date, the restaurant had a “soft opening” to assist with training in which they invited many of ASU’s sororities, fraternities, athletic teams and other students to eat.

“We’ve got the type of food we think the students need and like,” Newk’s manager Randall Nelms said. “It’s nutritional, not fried, and the location is convenient for students to come by quick and get back to school or work.”

Schlotzky’s held its grand opening on Nov. 19. The restaurant is located at 1605 Stadium Boulevard, a little over a mile from campus.

Phillip Reid, manager of Schlotzsky’s, said the restaurant offers a wide variety of food, including Cinnabon rolls, pizza, salads, sandwiches and homemade soups.

“All our bread and food is made fresh daily,” Reid said. “We have free Wi-Fi and offer an ASU discount.”

Reid said that the restaurant has combo meals and a drive though, and they also cater and deliver to parties and other gatherings.

“And we’re in the process of setting up Express Dollars right now,” he added.

Along with the many other businesses opening in the area, a new Kum & Go gas station will be opening in about two weeks on Johnson Avenue across the street from ASU, making it the closest gas station to campus.

Sophomore biology major of Hot Springs, Sarah Hamilton, said she’s excited about the new Kum & Go location.

 “I think it’s great that they are opening a gas station so close to ASU. It will be a lot more convenient for me and save me a lot of time,” she said. “I feel like the new Kum & Go will get a lot of business from ASU students.”


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