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Popeyes, Sears expected to open in Brooksville by Christmas

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BROOKSVILLE - Construction on the new Sears Hometown Store and Popeyes restaurant in Brooksville are scheduled to be completed in time for the Christmas holiday rush.

Although no grand opening dates have been set, work crews at both sites Thursday said they will be wrapped up with interior and exterior renovations soon. A Brooksville building official said both projects are moving smoothly through the city's permitting process so there is no potential hold-up from that quarter.

Paul Hall, with Southport Construction in Clearwater, said his company works on various fast food restaurants in the area and the Popeyes job is fairly routine.

"We pop (those) out in four to five weeks," Hall said.

The New Orleans-based fast food chain will be located in the building formerly occupied by Arby's, which closed about two months ago at 843 Broad St. in downtown Brooksville.

When it's finished, it will look exactly like the Popeyes in Spring Hill, Hall added.

Popeyes is known for its New Orleans-style menu that features spicy chicken, chicken tenders, fried shrimp and other seafood, jambalaya, red beans and rice and other regional items.

Meanwhile, the Sears Hometown Store coming to 19410 Cortez Blvd. in Brooksville is scheduled for completion Dec. 15.

The store, going into the long-vacant Publix grocery store, is a smaller version of the full-size Sears Department Stores. Each is locally owned and operated and carry appliances, electronics, tools, lawn and garden equipment and mattresses.

The major brands, including Sears' own Kenmore, will be sold in the store. Customers can order products online or in-store and arrange to have items delivered to their homes.

Brooksville Vice Mayor Kevin Hohn has said the new Sears Hometown Store will reinvigorate that shopping center and bring jobs to the city.

"We're certainly excited that they're coming," he said. "Anything we can do to help them get up and running, we're 100 percent behind them. Hopefully, that can become an anchor store that attracts other businesses."

Hohn said he'd like to see more businesses locate in downtown Brooksville.

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