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January 25, 2014

Wally Kennedy: Pizza lovers getting lots of new choices

JOPLIN, Mo. — Some big plans are afoot for the former Great Wall Chinese Restaurant property at 2705 S. Range Line Road. Maybe not as big as the Great Wall but fairly impressive.

I got some details from Dale Jones, with Charles Burt Realtors, who represented the local buyers in the Dec. 6 transaction.

The plan is to convert the existing structure into three distinct spaces for tenants. One of those tenants will be Joe’s Pizza and Pasta. I think it’s a national chain, but don’t hold me to that.

The restaurant will occupy about 5,000 square feet of the 9,076-square-foot structure, which will get an extensive makeover. Two other spaces will be available for tenants. There is a possibility a building will be added to create a mini-mall at the site for additional tenants.

The Great Wall Chinese Restaurant shut down immediately after the tornado without explanation and did not reopen. It did not appear to have any tornado damage. The asking price for the structure and the 1.76 acres on which it sits was $1.1 million.

The restaurant — a former steakhouse that was built in 1976 — was a popular dining spot on the strip before the tornado.

This marks the third pizza-related business to announce that it’s coming or returning to Joplin. CiCi’s Pizza, which was in the Bel Aire Shopping Center when it was destroyed in the tornado, is returning to the west side of 16th Street and Range Line Road. It looks like it could open at any time. Directly across the street from CiCi’s will be a new Pizza Ranch.

For the first time in a long time, the pizza lovers of Joplin will have some choices that were not available before.

NEW HABITAT OFFICES

Joplin Area Habitat for Humanity has moved into its new offices in the south end of the ReStore at 5201 N. Main St.

Habitat now has its whole team — construction, offices and the ReStore — under one roof at a bigger and more convenient location. Details: www.joplinhabitat.org

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FREE JOB FEST

Job Fest 2014 will take place from 2 to 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Holiday Inn Convention Center in Joplin.

Last year, approximately 2,000 job seekers showed up for the event. About 55 employers will have booths or representatives there, which is about half a dozen more than last year.  

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