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Long's Town Square Village breaks ground
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People at the groundbreaking were, from left, Michelle Poppell, Mike McGowan, Cliff DeLoach, Tony Fowler, Joe and Victoria Raymer, John Bradley, Cecil Nobles, Shane Middleton, Jay Swindell, Randy Wilson, and Charles Reddish. - photo by Mike Riddle / Coastal Courier
RMR and Associates had a groundbreaking Tuesday, initiating the first step of a multi-faceted projected, which will culminate in what will eventually be Long County's The Town Square Village."
According to Joe Raymer, construction will begin immediately. The first phase will be a convenience store/gas station. The proposed name is "One Stop Express."
"We plan on starting the work today, and if all goes as planned we should be operational in less than 90 days," Raymer said.
The project is on 50 acres at the corner of Highway 57 and Baggs Cemetery Road.
According to the builder, the next phase will be a shopping plaza, followed by a fast food restaurant and then a grocery store.
Raymer has said his project could bring in as many as 300 jobs once it is completed.
"We are excited about getting started on this, and what it can do for this area," he said.
He added, "We also are thankful to all of the commissioners for their support, and especially to all the people who have made us feel at home in Long County."
Raymer is one of three partners with RMR and Associates. The others are Keith Mulligan and Dan Reilly.
Those in attendance for the ceremony included Long County Commissioners Randy Wilson, Mike McGowan, Cliff DeLoach, Tony Fowler and Charles Reddish. Also present were Charles Bradley, Carol Brady and Michelle Poppell, who represented the LC Code Enforcement Office.
Representing the LCSD was Sheriff Cecil Nobles and Deputy Shane Middleton, while County Attorney Jay Swindell also was present with Raymer and his wife Victoria Raymer.
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