The Chamber staff and ambassadors, local officials, and Arby's corporate representatives were present to celebrate the grand opening, the hard work, and collaboration with all parties that made this day a reality. Chamber Director Steve Bush welcomed the staff including new general manager Dawn Jackson.
"Having a franchise such as Arby’s is always a good thing," explains Bush. "Numerous letters were written over time asking them to come and join our community and it has paid off. Arby’s is known for its commitment to the community so we are very blessed to have them here and are eager to connect them with various programs in our schools as well as local organizations."
Arby's has been in business for more than 50 years! The idea that people wanted slow-cooked flavor on a fast-food clock, brought Ohio-based brothers Leroy and Forrest Raffel to open up Arby's in 1964. The name 'Arby's' is based on the initials, R.B. for Raffel Brothers and their very first location sold only roast beef sandwiches, potato chips, and soft drinks.
Today, the business focuses on using high-quality meats in innovative and healthy ways, a practice they call, Meatcraft®. For lovers of all things meaty, Arby's serves up the ever-popular brisket sandwich as well as its signature line of gyros. Finding fresh, lighter items during the heat of summer is not a problem with its Market Fresh sandwiches. Served during the season these fresh-made options include Pecan Chicken Salad, Turkey Avocado Club, and the Triple Decker.
The inside is modern and fresh, much like its menu. Chamber Board Vice Chair Walt Bagwell was excited to be the first drive-through customer this morning and the customers waiting outside were evidence of the restaurant's popularity.
As part of the company's community commitment, it worked with local officials to secure a natural gas line. This will not only service Arby's but other businesses in the area as well. "We are really excited about the use of natural gas that has recently been expanded to the Sugar Hill corridor," Bush said. "It helps keep energy costs down for new businesses and existing business and that's good for everyone."