Regions Bank

The former Jack in the Box building is demolished Monday, Feb. 11, 2019, on Marshall Avenue near Spur 63. (Les Hassell/News-Journal Photo)

Regions Bank is set to begin construction of a new branch at 722 W. Marshall Ave., the former site of a Jack in the Box restaurant that closed in fall 2017.

The former restaurant building has been demolished, and Longview Development Services this month issued a permit for construction of the new branch, which would be its fourth in the city.

The permit, issued to Mapp LLC, has a construction value of $1 million. Mapp is based in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with Texas offices in Houston.

In late January, Barr G Equipment of Longview received a permit for the demolition.

Regions Bank, based in Birmingham, Alabama, this past fall hired BDG Architects of Tampa, Florida, to design a 2,128-square-foot building, according to data from Development Services.

Regions spokesman Jeremy King said the company does not have a “firm timeline” for opening the branch but expects it to be ready by early 2020.

Andy’s Custard to open

Andy’s Frozen Custard plans a “soft” opening Wednesday and Thursday and a regular opening Friday at its new store at 610 E. Hawkins Parkway, Manager Jennifer Rodgers said.

“It’s taken about a year to plan,” said Rodgers, who has worked for the company for four months. “We are very, very excited here.”

Founded in 1986 by John and Carol Kuntz in Osage Beach, Missouri, Andy’s Frozen Custard describes itself as a “quick service frozen dessert business” with drive-thru and walk-up service windows.

Andy’s Frozen Custard will not have indoor or outside seating, Rodgers said.

Rodgers said brothers Wayne and Wyatt Adams own the franchise, and also own the Flying Burger store that opened Jan. 21 a short hop away at 322 E. Hawkins Parkway.

They hired M&M Builders of Shreveport to build both Flying Burger and Andy’s Custard. M&M began construction this past August at Andy’s Frozen Custard, which at about 2,000 square feet is one-third the size of Flying Burger.

Andy’s will begin regular hours Friday. They are 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday to Thursday and 11 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Avada now HearingLife

Avada Hearing Care Centers, which operates a center at 1609 Judson Road, has changed its name to HearingLife.

Avada was established in 2000 by a group of senior managers with close to 300 years of industry experience, according to its marketing materials. It is comprised of nearly 170 clinics in 20 states, and is one of the largest dispensers of hearing devices in the United States.

It has been in Longview for 18 years.

StewBabes’ to Gladewater

Deedi and Stewart Holmes recently moved StewBabes’ Grill to Gladewater, in the former home of a doughnut shop at 809 E. Broadway St. (U.S. 80). The restaurant had been in business a year in Big Sandy.

Deedi Holmes said she and her husband made the move because the Gladewater location offers more traffic.

She described the restaurant as serving “fresh food, fast food made to order,” including hamburgers, crispy chicken sandwiches, chicken salad, pork chops and nachos.

“We are just trying to be business owners,” she said.

StewBabes’ Grill seats from 30 to 35 people and is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Saturday.

Louisiana Cajun closes

A sign on the door of Louisiana Cajun Fish & More says it is being closed temporarily. The phone number has been disconnected and its Facebook page is not available.

The restaurant has been closed for the past three weeks and will require an inspection by Longview’s environmental health division of the Community Services Department if the owner decides to reopen it, said Buck Farrar, division supervisor.

The Gregg County Clerks Office lists Grand Superior Investments LLC, headed by Carlton Hollins, as the owner of Louisiana Cajun. Efforts to reach him were unsuccessful.

Louisiana Cajun opened this past fall.

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