Today we heard from Phil Adams of Jungle Jim's which is currently moving into the former Eastgate Bigg's building located in Union Township, Clermont County.
Phil began with an interesting story about how Jungle Jim's was not looking for property in Clermont County. Instead, they were within days of signing a deal for property on Route 42 in Sharonville, OH; but they could not get a permit to sell alcohol. At about the same time, Ken Geist had reached out to them to see if they would consider Union Township, Clermont County. Phil was so frustrated with the Route 42 issues that he actually had thrown away the letter from Ken and later, had to dig it out of the trash.
Some have been asking, “Why is this project is taking so long?” The reason is that they are renovating the entire building as well as putting in their own store. Currently, they have no date set for their grand opening but are planning to do some kind of very special open house. Some of outdoor tenants will open sooner including Colonel De Gourmet Herbs & Spices fromFindley Market and Sweet Frog Premium Frozen Yogurt. Phil even told us the Danbarry Theater will be upgrading to a first run operation.
What will it look like inside? Phil did say, “If you have ever shopped at Bigg's, you will not recognize this building”. In fact, Phil shared that a security guard who used to work at Bigg's recently got lost in the current building!
What if you desire to work there? Phil mentioned there will be a job fair coming up and people who wish to become employed with Jungle Jim's should not apply in Fairfield but wait for the job fair.
Jungle Jim's is encouraging other businesses in the area to consider what they will do to prepare for the millions of people they plan to bring to the area. In fact, Jungle Jim's even plans to change how traffic flows into the area from the Eastgate Boulevard side.
This store will prove to change the face of our Eastgate area. We're very glad to have them in our neighborhood.
Next week we will hear from Wendy Lorenz of CityLink.