Wharton Confirms New Tenants at Highlands

The Ohio County Development Authority confirmed Friday a Five Guys Burgers and Fries restaurant and a Mattress Firm business are among five tenants with plans to come to The Highlands in the coming months.

But County Commissioner Randy Wharton, president of the development authority, said a Taco Bell will not be in the mix of tenants slated for property at The Highlands by California-based development firm United Growth, as is indicated on that company’s website.

This week, the authority approved the sale of two acres of property west of the Fusion Steak House to United Growth at a cost of $900,000, and closed on the deal Thursday. Earth moving work could be seen starting there Friday, just as work continued on construction of a Primanti Bros. restaurant on the opposite side of Cabela Drive. Workers were seen on the job at both sites well past 5 p.m. Friday, the start of the Labor Day weekend.

United Growth plans to build two buildings on their site separated by an enclosed patio area, which will serve as an eating area for Five Guys and a potential second eatery, according to Wharton.

In addition to Five Guys and Mattress Firm, three additional tenants confirmed for United Growth’s project thus far are Kay Jewelers, GNC and a Great Clips hair salon. Mattress Firm will have the largest storefront among the group.

United Growth’s project has room for a total of seven tenants, and they are presently negotiating with a sixth tenant, Wharton said. The sixth tenant is food-related, and would share the patio with Five Guys. There also is a possibility a Sprint store could be the seventh tenant.

“That is still under negotiations,” Wharton said. “If they accept, they will come later. But that’s the line-up for right now.”

Calls to United Growth’s office in San Rafael, Calif., have not been returned.