What opponents said
Published 12:42 am Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Owner of Foreman Funeral Home
“I see your reasons for offering a rebate, but I think it’s unfair for other people, especially in the food industry.”
Owner of Christopher’s
“It seems to me what you’re doing is completely unfair. This puts an extra burden on small merchants … The local, small businesses, this is just absolutely not fair to them.”
Owner of Little Caesar’s and Tropical Smoothie
“We own two restaurants in Andalusia. My questions is why (do this for) a restaurant that employs mainly teenagers as we do? … I understand why you would do this to get Marvin’s, but why a restaurant?”
Owner of Two Guys Pies
Two restaurants in Andalusia, and I never once asked anyone do anything for me. This type of business maybe employs six or seven fulltime employees. The rest are partimers ranging in age from 16 to 28.
“I don’t see where the amendment was designed for businesses like this … I am a smart individual, I know that’s not what it was designed to do. This is not about Zaxby’s. I don’t care about that. If you’re already here, or you’re a local, you don’t get the same breaks as an outsider wanting to come in.”
Johnson pointed out that Jones received a grant from the city’s Downtown Redevelopment Authority for the façade on his former downtown restaurant, C.J.’s.
Manager, Jackson’s Used Cars
“Small business owners make up for what you’re giving back to Zaxby’s.
I would like to see more consideration to hometown businesses.”
Owner, Alan Cotton’s Florist
“I was disheartened, not for my business, but for the eating establishments in and around Andalusia. I passed by Simone’s Eatery, which has turned into a beautiful establishment.
“Who or what determines what incentives are received? Is it the size of the company or the number of employees? If you do for one, you should do for all.”