Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

February 8, 2013

Tudor’s locating in Ashland

Carrie Stambaugh
The Independent

ASHLAND — A new Tudor’s Biscuit World will open in Ashland in the former Wendy’s location in the 2700 block of Winchester Avenue.

Architects were on site Thursday measuring and preparing drawings for the forthcoming rennovations to the building. The restaurant serves homecooked meals for breakfast and lunch.

The regional franchise has locations in 26 West Virginia counties along with several restaurants in Ohio and Kentucky.

Oshel Craigo, CEO and owner of Better Foods Inc. and its subsidiary Tri-State Foods, said the restaurant could be open within the next 90 days.

“It would be my hope we would be starting in the next two or three weeks to remodel,” he said. “I don’t think it will take too long.”

Craigo said the decision to locate in Ashland was “an absolute natural” decision for the company, which celebrated the grand opening of a Tudor’s and a Gino’s Pizza on Thursday at the Huntington Tri-State Airport. “That airport was instrumental in us coming to Ashland. It is the gateway to the Tri-State,” he said.

“We’re excited about it. We think it will be a great location and a great fit for us. Hopefully we’ll be a good addition to the area. That is our goal.”

At one time, there was a Tudor’s location in Ashland but the store closed more than a decade ago.

The new restaurant will hire about 35 employees including a manager and an assistant manager. “We’ll be taking applications starting real soon. We like to get them and get them into a store and start training,” said Craigo.

Initially it will be open from 4:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. but hours will gradually be extended to 7 p.m., Craigo said. The Ashland location is likely to be one of several additional new stores the company will open in the area.

“We’re going to continue to grow in that area, we absolutely are,” said Craigo. “We are exploring the idea of going across the river to Ironton. We like to cluster stores in four or five locations, so we can have a supervisor go from store to store in about 20 minutes.” The chain hasn’t ruled out another Ashland location or one in Greenup County, he said.

Craigo also praised Ashland city staff for their assistance in helping the business locate in Ashland. “Everyone has been very nice to me. You like to go where you are wanted, and you stay where you are wanted,” he said.

CARRIE STAMBAUGH can be reached at cstambaugh@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2653.