Who says new businesses won’t come to Clayton County?
During a time when jobs are being lost, it is great to know that businesses are opening, creating jobs and stimulating the economy right in our backyard.
According to an AJC article, QT Kitchens brought 227 jobs to Clayton and, hopefully, our residents got first dibs on those positions. The Ellenwood and Lovejoy areas have slowly been blossoming for awhile now with businesses that appear here to stay.
Another newbie is “Da Dancing Pig” (1489 Mundys Mill Road, Jonesboro, 770.210.8844, 12-8pm Tues-Sat.), where hickory smoked pork slab ribs are the specialty. Owner Jasper Roundtree actually lives in DeKalb, but found Clayton “more suitable than DeKalb county” for his business.
“This is a very diverse neighborhood and community here,” says Roundtree. “You just have to put roots down and go for it wherever the opportunity looks best.” Says Clayton resident and repeat customer Julie Brown, “The food is really good, it’s close to home, and they are very friendly here. My favorite is the BBQ ribs.”
Although not a new business per se, AMC’s Southlake Pavilion recently opened an IMAX theater which will surely produce new jobs and customers. Clayton was chosen as an IMAX site because “… it is one of many of AMC’s top-performing locations in the U.S.,” says spokeswoman Sun Dee Larson. Upcoming IMAX flicks include: “Monsters vs. Aliens” (March 27), “Star Trek” (May 8), “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” (June 16) and “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” coming this summer.
If you have been to the “Da Dancing Pig” or AMC’s IMAX theater, what did you think? Are there any new or existing businesses in Clayton that you would recommend residents patronize?