Nissan has contracted with T.W. Frierson to expand the former Singer Sewing and B&W Wholesale distribution center in Murfreesboro. The auto maker is adding 400,000 square feet of warehouse space to the back of a smaller building that now can house some call center, engineering and IT workers. Chambers Williams has the details.
It will be shared by the Nissan Export Center and a parts-return operation, said Nissan spokesman Justin Saia. The facility is located about three miles from the main Smryna plant. The number of workers based in the warehouse has not yet been determined, he said.
Brian Byrd has been named CFO of Roscoe Brown, the storied HVAC and plumbing contractor that has offices in Murfreesboro, Nashville and Tullahoma. Byrd, a Murfreesboro resident and MTSU graduate, spent 13 years at the former Gaylord Entertainment, where he was executive director of shared financial services and controller of the ResortQuest business the company owned for a while.
The estate of Jim Buchanan, winner of the 1986 Nobel Prize in economics, on Thursday said it would give $2.5 million to the Middle Tennessee State University Honors College. Part of the bequest will go toward establishing a lecture series focused on applying Buchanan's ideas to today's economic questions.
Hungry Howie's Pizza has opened its first location in Murfreesboro. Located at 2015B Lascassas Pike, the franchised store is owned by Jon Curfman. Taylor, Mich.-based Hungry Howie's Pizza Inc. is the 11th largest pizza chain in the United States with 575 locations. Read more here.
Chattanooga-based Vision Hospitality Group Inc. has broken ground on the Residence Inn by Marriott-Murfreesboro (a rendering for which is seen below). Vision is the developer of the Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott, currently being built on Division Street in the Gulch (read more here). To learn more about the Residence Inn by Marriott-Murfreesboro, read here.
Uncle Bud’s has opened a restaurant in Cool Springs, marking the company’s sixth location.
The company that operates the down home eateries also has locations in Nolensville, Smyrna, Franklin, Donelson and Murfreesboro. Located at 401B Cool Springs Blvd. near Aspen Grove, the newest Uncle Bud's offers both a traditional menu — including catfish, southern fried chicken and hushpuppies — along with lighter options such as lemon pepper mahi and grilled or boiled shrimp.
“We’re really excited to bring Uncle Bud’s to Cool Springs,” Craig Dever, co-owner of Uncle Bud’s, said in a release. “The team has worked really hard to come up with a menu that is affordable and offers enough choices to accommodate the whole family. We’re famous for our catfish, the more health-conscious tend to love our grilled chicken and fish options, and we can’t keep the kids away from the free ice cream with purchase of a kid’s meal.”
The new location seats 96, offers an outdoor patio (pictured here) and features a “whimsical décor,” according to the release.
Stan Hayes, the former manager for Wilson Bank & Trust's Murfreesboro branch, is bringing more headaches to the bank's leadership. Murfreesboro bar owner Amanda Gallagher and Tony Hinson have sued the bank over Hayes' actions, which Gallagher says have resulted in two foreclosures and almost $3 million in damages. In a piece in the Murfreesboro Post, Gallagher's tone is a lot stronger than that of home builder Ken Howell.
“I was never late on any payment,” Gallagher said. “Yet, they immediately placed the loan into default with the first month of the loan and began charging me 18 percent interest without my knowledge. They never sent a letter or called me, and even today, I have been unable to obtain documentation that shows I defaulted on my loan.”