There’s new construction coming to Benton in the form of a retail and dining strip. The location will be behind the former OYO Hotel and Cantina Cinco de Mayo restaurant that burned in August 2020. (see video) The address is 1205 Highway 5 in Benton, but the property will have Highway 5 on one side and Highway 35 on the other. It will face the Interstate. The hotel is a separate entity and we’ll update when we have news on it.
John Keeling of Hot Springs currently owns the Subway restaurant located inside Walmart, across the Interstate from this new venture. A new Subway restaurant will be the anchor for this building and the one inside Walmart will close.
Keeling hopes to finish construction around July 1, 2021. He says current plans include the 1,760 square-foot Subway and drive-thru, as well as another 5,885 square feet that could be split into four space for lease, or combined.
Here’s a closeup of the site plan: