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Retail Specialists Breaks Ground on Highway 55


Groundbreaking held for Highway 55 Burgers, Shakes and Fries

Times-Journal | by Steven Stiefel

By November, if all goes according to plans, Fort Payne residents will get to sink their teeth into a first bite of a cheeseburger from a new Highway 55 Burgers, Shakes and Fries restaurant, according to Fort Payne Mayor Brian Baine.

Groundbreaking took place Monday morning at the site of the future Highway 55 Burgers, Shakes & Fries. On hand were Ladd Environmental Consultants Owner James Payton, Retail Specialists associate Joe Strauss, Fort Payne City Council President Walter Watson, Fort Payne Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Jennifer McCurdy, Fort Payne Mayor Brian Baine, Retail Specialists associate Scott VonCannon, Retail Strategies President Lacy Beasley, and Retail Specialists Development Manager Caleb Davis.

Highway 55 is a franchise with stores in 13 states, operating since 1991. The location is the former site of the Tourism welcome center that flooded on Easter Sunday in 2020. The elevation of the property is being raised as part of the development. Mayor Baine said the restaurant is expected to open in November 2022.

About Retail Specialists

Retail Specialists, LLC is the premier retail real estate services firm in the south. We are committed to long-term relationships in property management, retail representation, development, and leasing and brokerage.

Founded in 2005, we’ve thrived through tough times and shine under pressure. A unique mix of experience, technology, and data have proven successful in a business we love. Retail Specialists is licensed in eight states including Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Tennessee and currently represents retailers, developers, and retail property owners throughout this territory.

About Retail Strategies

Retail Strategies is a leading national advisory firm focused on retail market analysis, strategic planning, retail recruitment and development. Our mission is to provide the real estate expertise, tools and human effort that position deserving towns as alluring locations for national businesses. With confidence, we pursue this mission by delivering unparalleled customer service as a unified team with unmatched real estate expertise. Our activities pay a return in sales taxes, added jobs, and businesses that enhance and add to the unique qualities of your community.

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