Two more food options are coming to Cool Springs in the shape of Indian eatery Bawarchi Biryani Point and Jamba Juice.
The Bawarchi location will be the first in Tennessee for a Texas-based company with national aspirations. The concept aims to bring fast-food Indian appetizers and rice pilafs and will have room for about 70 diners on Bakers Bridge Avenue just east of Interstate 65. Owners Kris Alapati, Kishore Tummala and Naga Pasumarthi say they want to have Bawarchi be a place “where buddies can hang out for a couple of quick beers, have some Indian appetizers, and still carry out food for the family.”
Less than three miles south, franchisee Fruitful Living will this spring open its second area store to go with its Elliston Place spot. Managing Owner Sam Whittier says heading to Franklin was "the next logical step" for his team, which has settled on space in the Spring Creek retail center adjacent to the Drury Plaza Hotel on McEwen Drive.
Kevin Walters reports that Franklin planning commissioners will vote this week on a proposal by Home2 Suites to build a six-story, 62,000-square-foot extended-stay hotel in Cool Springs. Home2 Suites' plans call for the project to include 105 rooms and a green roof and rise next to the Internal Revenue Service building on International Drive.
Though Sears officials are closing their conventional department store at CoolSprings Galleria later this year, the company wants to maintain a Williamson County presence.
Franklin Home Page is reporting the company is looking at opening a Sears Hometown Store in the county but needs a local owner/operator.
Sears has about 12,000 Hometown Stores nationwide. The stores focus on durable goods (appliances, electronics, tools, lawn/garden equipment, etc.) found in comprehensive Sears stores. In Middle Tennessee, both Dickson and Columbia have a Sears Hometown Store.
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The Battle of Franklin Trust has tapped longtime employee Eric Jacobson to be its CEO. Previously the Trust’s COO, Jacobson has been with the organization since 2006. He oversees operations of The Carter House and Carnton Plantation and is the author of three books, For Cause & For Country, The McGavock Confederate Cemetery and Baptism of Fire.
“This was a unanimous decision from the board,” said Marianne Schroer, the Trust's board chairman. “Eric’s guiding hand has led the Trust to record attendance and national recognition. He is truly a visionary and we look forward to continued growth in our charitable and educational missions.”
Downtown Franklin is getting a Kilwins Chocolates store at some point this year. Richel Albright at Franklin Homepage says the Michigan-based company will fill a prime Main Street spot occupied until late last year by a salon and day spa. Kilwins' only other Tennessee location is in Gatlinburg, but the company runs about 90 stores around the country.