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The Daily Guide - Waynesville, MO
  • New dining options coming soon

  • Hardee's rep said restaurant will need 80 employees
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  • By this spring, St. Robert should have both a new Hardee's franchise and a Little Caesars open for business, according to Kevin Guffey, developer for the projects.
    Guffey, of American Realty & Development, said he hopes construction will be finished on the Hardee's in February, with the Little Ceasar's work being finished not too long after.
    "Once we turn the building over to Hardee's, they'll need 40 days to get everything ready and everyone trained," he said.
    "Hopefully, the location can open sometime in March or April."
    The Hardee's will be on Marshall Drive near Colton's Steakhouse, which was another business Guffey and American Realty recently developed.
    According to Hardee's officials, the new location should bring close to 80 jobs to the Pulaski County area.
    "The new restaurant will employ approximately 80 people with positions ranging from full-time management opportunities to part-time crew members," said Kathleen Bush, public relations director for Hardee's and Carl's Jr.
    Tony Parrish, Hardee's regional vice president, said he was excited to have the St. Robert location opening soon.
    "We're looking forward to bringing new jobs and Hardee's' famous premium menu to community," he said.
    "We're sure St. Robert residents will love Hardee's' high-quality selections, and we're looking forward to opening our doors to the community."
    He said he thinks people will appreciate the restaurant's modern décor and partial table-side service.
    Some of the main draws to the restaurant include Thickburgers, scratch-made biscuits and fresh-baked buns, Parrish said.
    Anita Ivey, St. Robert's interim city administrator, said she was also excited for St. Robert's growth and welcomed new developments.
    "We always welcome new businesses to our community," she said.
    Guffey said he thinks the Little Caesars should also open something this spring, albeit a little later than the Hardee's.
    "Little Caesars is about the same deal," he said. "It should open in April or May."
    On top of those restaurants, Guffey said there are several other ongoing projects in St. Robert, with some of those including plans for a shopping center behind Colton's, a new Mexican restaurant and a renovated Dollar Tree.
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