By Daniel Gaddy
Though he closed his Western Sizzlin franchise on South Quintard Avenue recently, Bill Folsom hopes to reopen the location as an independent, buffet-style restaurant by Jan. 16.
Folsom, who also owns Western Sizzlin locations in Oxford and Rainbow City, is relocating the Anniston franchise to Boaz.
He’s dubbed the South Quintard place City Market Grill and Buffet. Folsom said the restaurant will offer a larger variety of foods, including four soups and two types of hot sandwiches each day. He said there will also be a focus on fresh vegetables and a shift toward more homemade recipes.
Folsom said he decided to move the Western Sizzlin franchise because it never met the sales goals he had set, which he attributes to a daily trend of customer traffic migrating from Anniston to Oxford each evening. Though the restaurant did a hefty amount of sales during the lunch hour, he said the traffic dwindled each evening.
“They bolt when the sun goes down,” he said.
Folsom said there are simply no large anchor stores that keep people in the area along South Quintard Avenue.
“That's not going to change overnight,” he said.
To combat the nightly drop in sales, Folsom said he will close the new restaurant earlier. He kept Western Sizzlin open until 6 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, but City Market Grill and Buffet will close at 5 p.m. However, on Fridays and Saturdays, they will stay open until 8 p.m.
Folsom also said he hopes the new prices – $6.99 for an entrée and 99 cents for a drink – will attract even more customers during the lunch services.
“It's going to be the best value in Oxford or Anniston,” he said.
Anniston marketing firm changes locations
By Patrick McCreless
For Tom Potts, moving his Anniston-based marketing firm to a new location was like returning home.
Potts, president and owner of Potts Marketing Group, in the last week of 2012 moved his business its Noble Street location for the last 11 years to the first floor of WDNG building at 1115 Leighton Ave. in Anniston. Potts’ father started the WDNG radio station in 1959 and though he sold it in 1987, the family still owns the building itself.
“We’re thrilled to be coming back home,” Potts said.
Potts said he decided to move his business since several of his employees now work from home.
“I have a couple of guys working out of the home now and my wife manages the business from home, so I thought it would be good to cut the office space in half,” Potts said.
For those needing to find Potts’ new location, the building is easy to spot. Besides having a large dish on the roof, the building also has a unique spiral staircase out front that leads to the second floor.
Potts Marketing Group offers a variety of services in the Calhoun County area, including business planning, logo designs, information brochures, video production and graphic design.
“It’s mostly anything we can do to help,” Potts said.
Potts said some of his local customers include Sunny King Automotive, Lee Brass, Webb Concrete and Building Materials and the Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce.
“We designed the chamber’s logo,” Potts said.