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IHOP to open in Covington in May

COVINGTON -- If you like pancakes, you're in luck.

The Covington City Council recently approved the subdivision of a lot on the corner of Industrial Boulevard and Ga. Highway 142, near the Super Walmart, for construction of an International House of Pancakes and a Sprint store.

Planning Director Randy Vinson said IHOP is looking to break ground immediately.

Craig Hoffman, spokesman for IHOP, said the restaurant is tentatively scheduled to open May 3. The restaurant will be 4,500 square feet, he said.

"We have had the desire to be a part of the community for quite some time. Clearly we believe there is a market there," Hoffman said.

In other news, the council converted a part-time position at Covington Municipal Airport to full-time. The airport has had two full-time and two part-time workers, with one of the part-time workers also working in the city's Street Department, said City Manager Steve Horton.

Horton said three full-time employees are needed at the airport. The salary for a full-time employee is $27,570, and with benefits included that increases to nearly $59,000. Horton said the new full-time employee has indicated he does not intend to have insurance through the city, but those costs are always budgeted just in case. No one will be losing a job as the result of the change, he said. The employee is presently a firefighter who Horton said will keep that certification up to date, as those skills could be needed in the future at the airport.

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Shart15 1 year, 8 months ago

Did Randy Vinson have any part in the NSP homes and the federal dollars appropriated - or MIS - and the contractor who flew the coup and the workman's liens? Just curious if he had anything to do with this. Gee thanks for the IHOP when is Waffle House number 6 or 7 coming? Chamber is really doing a great job of keeping us at the plateau where no one wants to go. Face it chamber monkeys you are not bringing anything unique of quality to Newton County so get off the international airplanes and reduce your staff and save us a buck.

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OnToday 1 year, 8 months ago

YEEEE HAWW!!!! Pancakes! That's something you can't get anywhere else! Thanks Chamber. You hit that one outta the park!

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dennistay53 1 year, 8 months ago

Were there any tax giveaway's to get the IHOP? If not at least that part would be a plus.

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Billy 1 year, 8 months ago

IHOP is ten times better than WH, (except for the excellent one near the KFC on 278). Take it from me, I'm an expert... Now, on a serious note, you critics might want to drive by the IHOP at the WalMart in Conyers. The lot is always full, and there's a reason for that. Since there's such a demand, they'll build another, right down the street, like they do with WalMarts. It's Free Enterprise 101. You can't please bellyachers, contrary rich retirees, and other hypercritical keyboardists with too much time on their hands. We need businesses and jobs--hello! With the new healthcare coming, and how extremely expensive it is now to hire employees, we ought to be thankful that there's any new jobs at all...

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OnToday 1 year, 8 months ago

Sorry, but I find it hard to get excited about one IHOP, as if that will have a significant impact in the local economy. The Conyers IHOP is packed because of the higher traffic generated by other businesses in that area, not because the place is some bastion of culinary excellence. How many jobs is one IHOP going to create? Yeah, I'm thankful for any type of new job but this is hardly cause for a celebration or a parade.

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John 1 year, 8 months ago

The Chamber & other government folks, liked the BOC and NCSS must have enjoyed the William Shakespeare play "Much Ado About Nothing" and adopted it as a job justification tactic or a strategic plan to get reelected. Heck, this applies to any politician all the way up to D.C.. Wouldn't it be nice if measurable performance & accountability to the taxpayers be the measuring sticks for one holding & keeping a position rather than "Word Merchants" with creative writing skills or staff. Oh, I almost forgot - I was in sales/marketing & had yearly goals - such as sales volume - unit & quantity, profit, margins, expense controls, etc.- sometimes monthly of 6 month goals - meet them or or dust off your resume - and my boss said no excuses allowed like bad economy or ever use the word can't had to adopt the Nike slogan - "Just Do It" or starve and it worked for 41 years (started work before anyone new the name Nike.

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dennistay53 1 year, 8 months ago

When i go by a IHOP, McDonalds, Dollar General, Waffle House etc- this is what i see. For the most part these are business that are paying their own way and are not depending on taxpayer money. They are using either their own or stockholder money. They start paying into county tax coffers immediately. Wheras i ride by a large company like Baxter or General Motors i see taxpayer (including my money). It will take a long, long time if ever before this is paid back and money goes back to the county tax coffers. So 100 business like these hiring 10 people each are more value to the taxpayer than one company like Baxter hiring 1000. So even if you don't eat at places like these understand the importance of them. The fact is that these IHOPS, McDonalds etc serve as a test market for some of the larger more expense eating establishments many want to see come into Newton County. If these are not successful the likes of Red Lobster won't locate here. You should also understand that these will come in with or without the Chamber of Commerce.

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will 1 year, 8 months ago

dennistay, Red Slobster are you kidding they are just as bad as IHOP. This county would not know a good restaurant if it hit them right between the eyes.Amicis and Treasure Thai are the only two restaurants that are worth eating at. Face it people this county is going to the crapper and no high-end establishment would ever come here because of the demographics, next we will get a ox tail and chicken neck restaurant and all the dumb masses will be thrilled to death. Their sign would say EBT cards accepted and welcome.

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pt3000 1 year, 8 months ago

Restaurants won't come because of the demographics, Are you serious, I remember when Newton County was majority white which it still is and the Klan was rallying on the square and yet no restaurants were coming here then, I would love to have a Red Lobster or Olive Garden in Newton County, these restaurants aren't looking at the color of anyone's skin but the color of money and right now Newton's average household income hasn't reached the threshold that would make them build here, but I have sent a email to Chili's and Ruby Tuesday and they replied that they were looking at Newton County and have plans to come just not right now.

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John 1 year, 8 months ago

Longhorns parking lot seems to be full most of the time - a Chili's is about a half a step above Applebees & Ruby Tuesdays is a full step behind. As of the 2010 census Rockdale County had a 70K population w/a median income of $53,123; Newton County had a population of 100k less 42 with a median household income of $52,361. Let see more people less than a grand difference in household income (but more household) - must be some other issue (s) than demographics.

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pt3000 1 year, 8 months ago

Well if you look at where the majority of the population lives in Newton County it is in western Newton, they are closer to Conyers and will go there first for convenience, Rockdale is majority black so the demographics theory is still mute, whether a restaurant is a step forward or backwards it would still be a step forward from where we are, and this 2050 plan is isn't going to help encourage anyone to build here, maybe we if Covington would redo 278 which looks absolutely run down it might would help.

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John 1 year, 8 months ago

pt3000, Do yourself a favor and check out the demographics from the 2010 US Census for both Newton County & Rockdale County, GA. You just might enlighten yourself and rephrase your rant, which by the way, is a single run on sentence constructed of 103 words, 5 commas, 1 period and at least six different thoughts. You HS English teacher would not be very proud of you.

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pt3000 1 year, 7 months ago

One more thing John, I took your advice and looked at the 2011 Census estimates for Newton County. Guess What!, it shows Newton as the following. 55.4% White and 41.3% Black, so the demographics issue is still mute.

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John 1 year, 7 months ago

pt3000, Here is your exact earlier statement "Rockdale is majority black so the demographics theory is still mute" My comments were in regards to this erroneous comment to which you responded by providing info. on Newton County and nothing on Rockdale County for either 2010 or 2011. The data for 2011 are Census "best guess" estimates - a full household count by the US Cenus Bureau is done every 10 years with the last one conducted in 2010 and that count is accurated for only one day in 2010, as of April 1.

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pt3000 1 year, 7 months ago

"You HS English teacher would not be proud of you", wow John where was your English teacher?, how about "Your HS English teacher would not be proud of you". The corrector stands corrected.

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John 1 year, 7 months ago

Actually you are incorrect - although I did leave off the "r" but in your atempt to discredit my post, you left off the whole word "very" an a "." as in ".....would not be very proud of you." when you tried to quote my comment and also in the corrected version, maybe your were just paraphrasing, EH? More importantly, why did you just pass over the first four lines in my original post? Or are you just avoiding the fact that you made a very large error or two or more? PS: Admittedly typing was never my strong suit - but along the way I did earn a 5 year degree in Engineering & an MBA.

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pt3000 1 year, 7 months ago

5 year degree in engineering AND AN MBA, impressive and here I am attending GPC in my first year. Please tell me how that relates to IHOP, you should be pulling in around 100k a year but here you are arguing about a restaurant for us poor people, obviously you're to educated to eat with us commoners but as you were.

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jwm1955 1 year, 7 months ago

Hey John with your two degrees have you ever thought about the person who drew the plans for the I Hop in Covington and the fees that was paid to build the I Hop. The way I feel about it I Hop is another customer for utilities, a tax payer to the county, a place for someone to work at. But with all that book smart you have, I guess common sense for you is a couple floors down from the top of your brain. Hope you can figure it out with your engineering degree. Just think, I figured out a few things with my common sense.

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