Nearly a year after the tornado: Ringgold Hardee’s holds grand reopening, serves big crowd
The Catoosa County Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting on Jan. 27 in celebration of Hardee’s grand reopening in Ringgold. (Catoosa News photo/Denise Etheridge)
Chamber ambassador chair for 2012 Paul Webb presents a chamber key to Hardee’s of Ringgold owner Julia Scoggins. (Catoosa News photo/Denise Etheridge)
Hardees’ mascot Happy Star and general manager Marion Salvador greet Catoosa County Chamber of Commerce members at a ribbon cutting on Jan. 27. (Catoosa News photo/Denise Etheridge)
Hardee’s of Ringgold owner Julia Scoggins presents a $1,000 donation to the Catoosa Children’s Fund on behalf of the George R. Johnson Family Foundation. From left: Julia Scoggins, Sue Mason with the Catoosa County Department of Human Services, J&S CEO Mark Johnson, foundation board member Wayne Peters, Hardee’s mascot Happy Star, and restaurant general manager Marion Salvador. (Catoosa News photo/Denise Etheridge)
Local business leaders and government officials shared an all-American lunch of burgers, fries and sodas after celebrating a grand reopening on Jan. 27 at Hardee’s of Ringgold located on Ga. 151 (Alabama Highway).
The local Hardee’s is a franchisee of J&S Restaurants of Cleveland, Tenn.
The Catoosa County Chamber of Commerce cut the ribbon on the eatery after hearing owner Julia Scoggins recount the restaurant’s storm story and subsequent rebuilding.
Scoggins said the twister caused the restaurant’s prime sign to fall onto the old restaurant building, flattening the roof like a pancake. Employees who were in the building during the April 27 tornado huddled in a back storage room during the storm, she said.
“It was like the place exploded,” Scoggins said.
The restaurant owner told community leaders that rebuilding was a lengthy process. She said the prime sign alone is now insured for $10,000.
During the reopening, the George R. Johnson Family Foundation made a $1,000 donation to the Catoosa Children’s Fund to help provide clothes and school supplies to the area’s needy children.