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City of Covington gets its shovels ready
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Construction for new businesses in Covington will now be welcomed with a traditional groundbreaking ceremony from the City of Covington, with the first scheduled for Monday.

“A business making the decision to come to Covington is significant,” Covington Mayor Ronnie Johnston said. “We should absolutely be rolling out the red carpet, or in this case the gold shovels, for them.”

Covington City Council members and city officials, as well as representatives from the business opening, will participate in the ceremonial moving of dirt, signifying the start of construction.

“Any business that is willing to invest in our community needs to be thanked and this is a small way we can show our appreciation,” Johnston said. “More places of commerce mean more jobs, more retail options for citizens and more money flowing into our economy.”

The first ceremony is scheduled for Monday at 1 p.m. at the future location for Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches situated between Elm and Baker streets on Hwy. 278.

“Founded in 1983 Jimmy Johns Gourmet Sandwiches has recently become one of the fastest growing restaurant companies in the United States,” said Jimmy John’s Operational Partner John Nissan. “As a Jimmy John's franchisee, we are excited to bring this brand to the City of Covington and to join the community of business of Newton County.”

The second ceremony is scheduled for Thursday at 11 a.m. at the future location of Nitro 2 Go Beverage, a spirits and bottle shop located next to Covington Ford on Hwy. 36.

"We are excited to see grading on this project which we have been planning for over a year,” said long time Neely family attorney Phil Johnson. “We believe the development here will be the first of many new businesses and homes to locate on this key property of east Covington and will help set the tone and tenor of the quality development which the Neely family has long dreamed of for this historic tract."

Citizens are welcome to attend the ceremonies and those interested can keep up with future events on the city’s website and Facebook page.