Business Moves with Mary: Cook Out makes headway in Columbus


Mary Pollitz

Mary Pollitz



Mary Pollitz



The long-awaited Cook Out project in Columbus has finally begun.  


Demolition of the old Immanuel Baptist Church property is underway, and restaurant construction at the site should begin shortly after. You've probably seen bulldozers and construction tearing down pieces of the church on 18th Avenue North.  


The Dispatch reported in 2017 a Cook Out would be opening at 503 18th Ave. N. Cook Out, which opened in Starkville nearly two years ago, is a burger and milkshake chain with more than 200 franchises open nationwide. A Cook Out representative could not be reached by press time.  


If you're driving west out of Columbus, you might have seen a new project start behind the Prairie Point Chevron gas station.  


Dollar General just started the dirtwork to add another Columbus store at 181 S. Frontage Road. Representatives from Dollar General said the company intends to hire six to 10 employees to help manage the store, which is expected to open spring of next year.  


Over in Starkville, King's Craft Butcher, 211 S. Jackson St., Suite B., held its grand opening Oct. 11. The butcher shop and restaurant offers locally sourced meat for carnivores. If you're not a meat-eater, the restaurant even offers some vegetarian options. With menu items ranging from steaks and hamburgers to street tacos and sriracha cauliflower, it's bound to please each customer.  


King's is open Monday through Wednesday from 11 a.m.-10 p.m. and Thursday through Saturdays from 11 a.m.-midnight.  


If you're looking to burn a few calories, Hotworx, 310 University Dr., recently held a soft-opening for its members.  


Hotworx offers virtually instructed exercise classes with infrared technology to help maximize those calories and fat you're trying to burn. If your schedule is packed with work or school, Hotworx is open 24 hours a day. Now it's only open to members, but you can sign up for a gym memberships in person for a special $49 per month.  


Consolidated Electrical Distribution is slated to open by the end of the month at 400 Industrial Park Road, Suite D. The electrical supply store started in 1957 in Texas and has expanded to more than 600 stores nationwide, including 11 in Mississippi. Starkville manager Kenny Adams said the store currently has six employees.  


CED offers LED lighting, light fixtures, breaker boxes and more for residential or commercial electrical needs. It will be open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m.-5 p.m. 


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