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Guthrie’s is coming to Hartselle

By Deangelo McDaniel · 340-2469

HARTSELLE — By year’s end, Hartselle should have a new chicken restaurant to go with its new Captain D’s.

The City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to sell 0.4 acres of city-owned property for $70,000 to Ty Cooper and his mother, Martha Cooper.

The land is south of The Citizens Bank on U.S. 31.

“They are going to put a Guthrie’s restaurant on the property,” Mayor Dwight Tankersley said. “They already have the franchise and are ready to start construction as soon as possible.”

According to the company’s Web site, Guthrie’s opened its first restaurant in Haleyville in 1965.

The chain, which serves chicken fingers, fries, slaw and bread, recently opened restaurants in Decatur, Athens and Moulton.

Councilman Bill Drake questioned how the land purchase transpired.

He wanted to know if the city advertised for bids.

“It was appraised, and the purchase price is the appraised value,” Tankersley said.

City Attorney Larry Madison said the city didn’t have to accept bids on the property as long as the council sold it for the appraised value and declared that the land had no public use.”

“We’re glad to have them here and think this will generate some additional revenue for the city,” Council President Kenny Thompson said.

Captain D’s plans to open on U.S. 31 next to Burger King. The developers purchased the former Southern Sales property, which was part of the Dinsmore family estate.

The fish restaurant purchased a building permit in November but has not announced an opening date.

Either Captain D’s or Guthrie’s will be the first fast-food chain to locate in Hartselle since Quizno’s opened about five years ago, city leaders said.

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