UPDATE DEC 7, 2020
It’s official – Larry’s Pizza is opening their new location in Haskell on Wednesday, December 9th. Manager Taylor Leslie says the plan is to have drive-thru service only for the first couple of weeks. You can visit their Facebook page or call them with questions or an order.
PREVIOUSLY OCT 26, 2020
I drove into Haskell on Sunday to get a look for myself at some new business developments I have heard about, and here is what I found.
You may remember that the Subway restaurant went out of business at the business strip called Kellom’s Korner. The sandwich shop owner cited a pandemic economy as the deciding factor. This turn of events happened to be a good thing for a popular family-owned pizza restaurant. Greg White of Larry’s Pizza said they have wanted to open a location in Haskell for a long time.
“Our business model has changed due to Covid. We are about 80% takeout orders and the rest is inside. It used to be the other way around,” said Greg. “The Lord has blessed us and we have been able to stay in business with the best customers.”
Andy and Mary Beth Kelloms own the property. They just finished installing a drive-thru on Sunday as I was driving by. You can see their ladder on the right side of the building.
Greg said they hope to open the Haskell location at the end of November, but it will be drive-thru/takeout only in the first few weeks. It will be run by another member of the White family.
But the news about Larry’s Pizza wasn’t the reason I was in Haskell. I had heard about two other new developments. One is going to be a food truck court on Highway 229, just across from Vulcan Road. Owner Jeff Harrison said he plans to have space for six food trucks. There will also be a pavilion, several picnic tables, restrooms, and then they will leave a green area for children to play.
Harrison hopes to have it finished by the end of the year, but it all depends on the weather, as usual with construction. They plan on calling the business The Landing. Look for updates as it comes closer to time for them to open.
And finally, there is a developer who purchased the front nine holes of golf from Silver Springs Country Club, according to a City of Haskell representative. That piece of land sits at the corner of U.S. 67 and Trace Creek. Well, all except an acre at the very tip of the corner, which is zoned commercial.
The name of the development is Harmony Village and plans are to build 103 homes valued at $200,000 and up. There will two longer streets that intersect and a few side streets, with four cul-de-sacs. There will be two entrances; one on Trace Creek Road and one on US Highway 67. See below for the plan that was submitted to the City.