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Leon Williams Contractors and Studio Four Design Help Bring Which Wich® to Alcoa

Maryville, Tennessee-based commercial design-build firm and Knoxville-based architecture firm work together to help bring Which Wich Superior Sandwiches to Alcoa

Which Wich Alcoa Tennessee - Leon Williams Contractors - Studio Four DesignMARYVILLE, Tenn. – April 19, 2017 – Leon Williams Contractors, a Maryville-based commercial design-build firm, and Studio Four Design, a Knoxville-based architecture firm, teamed up with Which Wich® franchise owner Jeff Hensley, to bring their Superior Sandwiches to Alcoa.

The new location, which opened its doors Monday, was designed by Studio Four Design with Leon Williams Contractors bringing the design to life.

“Studio Four Design and Leon Williams Contractors were instrumental in helping us bring Which Wich Superior Sandwiches to the Alcoa area,” said Hensley. “We had several Blount County residents visiting our Cedar Bluff store and asking when we would open up one closer to where they live. We’re happy to finally be able to offer our large variety of sandwiches and awesome milkshakes closer to residents in Maryville, Alcoa and the surrounding areas.”

Hensley and his wife Amy opened their first Knoxville area Which Wich franchise in 2014, and the Alcoa location marks the third store for the couple in the area.

“We’re proud to work on a project so close to home,” said Jimmy Hawkins, president of Leon Williams Contractors. “Jeff and his team have been great to work with, and I’m glad we got to help them bring Which Wich to the Alcoa area.”

Construction of Hensley’s fourth Which Wich location in Fountain City is underway and is expected to open by the end of June.

“We’ve been fortunate enough to work on all of Jeff’s new locations here in the greater Knoxville area,” said Stacy Cox, president of Studio Four Design. “I’m proud of our design team and the work we’ve done, and look forward to seeing Jeff and his family continue to grow their business.”

About Which Wich

Which Wich® Superior Sandwiches was founded in Dallas in late 2003 by restaurant entrepreneur, Jeff Sinelli. The national sandwich franchise chain is best known for its customizable sandwiches, creative ordering system, and personalized sandwich bag. In 2014, QSR named Which Wich one of their “2014 Best Franchise Deals” and Forbes listed Which Wich as one of their 2014 “30 Best Franchises To Buy.” Which Wich is also the recipient of the 2015 Nation’s Restaurant News MenuMasters “Healthful Innovations” award. Which Wich currently has 500 locations open or in development in 39 states and 12 countries. For more information, visit www.whichwich.com.

About Leon Williams Contractors

An experienced commercial design-build firm, Leon Williams Contractors simplifies the building process by effectively managing costs, adhering to deadlines and reducing complications to provide a seamless building experience. As a value-engineering expert, Leon Williams Contractors offers a complete range of services including pre-construction consultation, site assessment, design-build expertise and construction management in the greater Knoxville, Tenn. area. For more information, visit www.lwcontractorstn.com or call 865-982-1734.

About Studio Four Design Inc.

Since 2002, Studio Four Design has served as a premiere architectural and interior design firm to the Greater Knoxville Area. Their guiding principal is Design Matters, and their goal is to go beyond expectations to provide design solutions that positively impact their client’s lives and organizations. Their team has worked on a variety of projects over the last decade that includes: churches, educational facilities, restaurants, retail buildings, athletic venues and much more. Studio Four Design takes pride in and is dedicated to all of the projects they serve. To find out more, call 865-523-5001 or visit http://studiofourdesign.com.

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Doug Irving Joins Leon Williams Contractors as Superintendent

Growing Maryville, Tennessee-based commercial design-build firm announces new superintendent

Construction Superintendent - Doug Irving - Leon Williams Contractors

Doug Irving, construction superintendent at Leon Williams Contractors.

MARYVILLE, Tenn. – Feb. 15, 2017 – Leon Williams Contractors, a Maryville-based commercial design-build firm, has hired Doug Irving as construction superintendent.

Irving, an honorably separated Lance Cpl. with the U.S. Marine Corps, is a Hollandale, Mississippi native who previously worked for a Knoxville-based contractor.

“Before, I was travelling state to state helping build automotive retail stores,” said Irving. “Making the switch to Leon Williams has been great for me and my family. I have more time to spend with my wife and two-year-old son, and working with Jimmy, Paul, Jordan and Scott, they’re all great. It’s really a team environment. Everyone is willing to help out and pitch in to make sure we get the job done on time and on budget.”

Irving has already worked with Leon Williams on the new DQ Grill & Chill in Maryville, and is currently working on the new Which Wich Superior Sandwiches fast causal restaurant that will be opening in April in the Hamilton Crossing shopping center in Alcoa.

“We’re happy to have Doug on board as we continue to grow,” said Jimmy Hawkins, president of Leon Williams Contractors. “He’s working toward his degree in construction engineering technology, and he’s been able to bring that knowledge, along with his previous construction experience, to the table for the benefit of our team, and ultimately, our clients.”

Leon Williams Contractors is also currently looking for a construction project manager/estimator. Qualified applicants are encouraged to email their resumes to info@lwcontractors.com.

About Leon Williams Contractors

An experienced commercial design-build firm, Leon Williams Contractors simplifies the building process by effectively managing costs, adhering to deadlines and reducing complications to provide a seamless building experience. As a value-engineering expert, Leon Williams Contractors offers a complete range of services including pre-construction consultation, site assessment, design-build expertise and construction management in the greater Knoxville, Tenn. area. For more information, visit www.lwcontractorstn.com or call 865-982-1734.

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Leon Williams Contractors teams up with Fourteen Foods to bring Dairy Queen® back to Maryville

Dairy Queen - Maryville Tennessee - Leon Williams Contractors

Local commercial design-build firm, hired by the largest Dairy Queen franchisee, finishes construction on new Maryville DQ Grill & Chill®

MARYVILLE, Tenn. – Jan. 5, 2017 – Leon Williams Contractors, a Maryville-based commercial design-build firm, has finished construction on the new DQ Grill & Chill, owned and operated by Dairy Queen’s largest franchisee, Fourteen Foods, which is set to open next week on Wednesday, January 11.

Bringing Dairy Queen back to the area, Fourteen Foods has put a heavy-emphasis on a fast-casual restaurant model, the DQ Grill & Chill, to create the perfect destination for any special occasion or family outing.

“Maryville is a strong community and we’re proud to be able to bring DQ back,” said Will Connell, community marketing manager for Fourteen Foods. “Everyone who remembers going to Dairy Queen has their own DQ story, and now families in the area will be able to make new memories while enjoying DQ classics like Dip Cones, Dilly Bars and Blizzards®, along with several unique menu items you can’t get anywhere else.”

Construction began on the new store, located at 1724 W. Broadway in Maryville, back in September, with Leon Williams Contractors working from the ground up on the new 3,200 square foot building.

“When we’re trying to build multiple stores, it’s great to have a general contractor who takes responsibility and just gets the job done,” said Steve Giorgi, construction manager for Fourteen Foods. “Working with Leon Williams Contractors on this project has been seamless, and we’re glad to have such a reliable, local contractor working on the project.”

“This was a great project for us,” said Jimmy Hawkins, president of Leon Williams Contractors. “I grew up going to Dairy Queen, so this was a nice trip down memory lane. The store itself is larger than the older-style locations, and features a new design. I’m happy we got the opportunity to work with Fourteen Foods on this store, and can’t wait to see it open.”

The new DQ Grill & Chill is located at 1724 West Broadway in Maryville, Tennessee, and will open bright and early at 6 a.m. on Wednesday, January 11. The first 100 customers who arrive will get free Blizzards for a year.

About Fourteen Foods

Fourteen Foods is a multi-unit owner and operator of 188 DQ Grill & Chill® restaurants and Dairy Queen Braziers in Alabama, Florida, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Minnesota, Nebraska, South Dakota, Tennessee, and Wisconsin. Since 2002, Fourteen Foods’ recipe for success has been simple, a combination of restaurant excellent teams, raving fans, and a commitment to their communities. They believe deeply in the importance of their mission to “build people and profits, one smile and a story at a time.” For more information about Fourteen Foods, visit http://fourteenfoods.com/ or call 952-944-1304.

About IDQ

International Dairy Queen Inc., (IDQ), based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, is the parent company of American Dairy Queen Corporation. Through its subsidiaries, IDQ develops, licenses and services a system of more than 6,700 locations in the United States, Canada and more than 25 other countries. IDQ is a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (Berkshire) which is led by Warren Buffett, the legendary investor and CEO of Berkshire. For more information about the Dairy Queen system, visit http://dairyqueen.com.

About Leon Williams Contractors

An experienced commercial design-build firm, Leon Williams Contractors simplifies the building process by effectively managing costs, adhering to deadlines and reducing complications to provide a seamless building experience. With more than 40 years as a value-engineering expert, Leon Williams Contractors offers a complete range of services including pre-construction consultation, site assessment, design-build expertise and construction management in the greater Knoxville, Tenn. area. For more information, visit www.lwcontractorstn.com or call 865-982-1734.

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Jimmy Hawkins of Leon Williams Contractors Makes the Greater Knoxville Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 List

President of Maryville, Tennessee-based commercial design-build firm honored in the 10th class of 40 Under 40

Jimmy Hawkins - Maryville and Knoxville Design-Build Expert

Jimmy Hawkins, president of Leon Williams Contractors.

MARYVILLE, Tenn. – Jan. 4, 2017 – Jimmy Hawkins, president of Leon Williams Contractors, a Maryville-based commercial design-build firm, was named to the 2016 class of the Greater Knoxville Business Journal’s 40 Under 40.

As president of Leon Williams Contractors, Hawkins is focused on continuing the reputable work that founder Leon Williams began back in 1986, while also finding new ways to grow the company and become even more involved in the community.

“Our goal at Leon Williams Contractors is to simplify the building process for our clients,” said Hawkins. “And ultimately, create spaces that affect people in a positive way. I think that’s what the 40 Under 40 is about – making a positive impact on the people in your community, both in business and in your personal life. For that, I am proud to be a part of this year’s honorees.”

Hawkins has managed the construction of local medical offices like the Blount County Eye Center, retail centers in Maryville and Loudon, a variety of local restaurants, the remodeling of Foothills Church in Maryville, and Maryville’s new dog park that opened this past spring.

In 2012, Hawkins served as a project manager for “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” to benefit The Restoration House of East Tennessee. The project involved the design and construction of three Restoration House buildings to provide housing for single mothers and their children. Hawkins helped coordinate more than 2,500 volunteers during the week-long construction project, while also coordinating the design and building of the structures themselves.

Hawkins is currently in the 2017 class of Leadership Blount, serves on the board of directors for Harmony Family Center, and volunteers with his church.

About Leon Williams Contractors

An experienced commercial design-build firm, Leon Williams Contractors simplifies the building process by effectively managing costs, adhering to deadlines and reducing complications to provide a seamless building experience. With more than 40 years as a value-engineering expert, Leon Williams Contractors offers a complete range of services including pre-construction consultation, site assessment, design-build expertise and construction management in the greater Knoxville, Tenn. area. For more information, visit www.lwcontractorstn.com or call 865-982-1734.

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Leon Williams Contractors Constructing New Retail Space on Merchant Drive

New Retail Construction - Knoxville Tennessee - Leon Williams Contractors

Graham Corporation has hired Maryville-based Leon Williams Contractors to build new retail space that will house Dunkin’ Donuts franchise

 

MARYVILLE, Tenn. – November 30, 2016 – Leon Williams Contractors, a Maryville-based commercial design-build firm, has recently started development of a new 4,800 square foot retail space on Merchant Drive in Knoxville.

Plans are already in the works for a Dunkin’ Donuts franchise, owned by franchisee Bluemont Group LLC, to use 2,000 square feet of the location.

“This will be the 24th traditional Dunkin’ Donuts location we’ve opened so far,” said Dave Baumgartner, president of Bluemont Group LLC. “This is our second location in the North Knoxville area and we are excited to be expanding into this part of town and making the sweet nectar of Dunkin’ Donuts coffee more accessible to the North Knoxville community.

“While the Dunkin’ brand is already well known for Donuts, we also hope to make America’s Favorite Coffee the convenient, go-to morning coffee stop for anyone in, or commuting through North Knoxville.”

The remaining 2,800 square feet of the space is available as additional retail space.

“The Merchant Drive area is a place we’ve been working to develop for a while now,” said Rob Graham, development manager for Graham Corporation. “We worked with Leon Williams Contractors a few years back on The Grande Event Center, and we’re happy to be working with them again. They’re very receptive and really understand what we want and how to maximize every dollar we spend by using it in a way that’s beneficial.”

This is the first new building being constructed on the property, and there’s a possibility of constructing another similar sized retail space or freestanding building pad in the future.

The building shell is almost complete and we expect to wrap up the remaining site work in the next couple weeks.” said Jimmy Hawkins, president of Leon Williams Contractors. “We are excited to complete this center so that tenants, like Dunkin’ Donuts, can come in and customize the interior for their brand. Right now our main goal is to complete this job on time and on budget.”

Completion of the space is scheduled for mid-December 2016.

Those interested in the remaining 2,800 square feet of retail space should contact Rob Graham at 865-693-7000.

About Bluemont Group LLC

Based in Knoxville, TN, Bluemont Group LLC is a Dunkin’ Donuts franchise holder, operating in the Knoxville, Nashville, and Chattanooga markets, and expanding into northwest Atlanta and northeast Alabama. The group was founded in 2008, opened their first location in 2009 and currently operates 23 traditional Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants as well as locations inside Neyland Stadium and Thompson-Boling Arena on the University of Tennessee campus. The Bluemont Group currently employs more than 450 team members and their primary stated value is to ensure that people are better off because they have been, or are here. For additional information, a list of Bluemont Group operated Dunkin’ Donuts locations and more information on joining our team, please visit www.bluemontgroup.net.

About Graham Corporation

Graham Corporation opened in 1989 in Knoxville to develop quality retail shopping centers in the Knoxville region. Its corporate slogan, Developing Solutions – Building Success, reflects not only Graham Corporation’s success in development but also its creative renovation and reuse of vacant retail properties. Graham Corporation’s tenant relationships include Lowe’s Home Centers, Kroger, Walgreen, Target, Food City, Wal-Mart, CVS, Home Depot, Food Lion, Belk Stores, Cracker Barrel, Cheddars, O’Charley’s, Hobby Lobby, Chick-fil-A, Baptist Health Systems and others. Graham considers it a responsibility to bring quality development to East Tennessee and to deliver an extra level of service to tenants in its developments. For more information, visit www.grahamcorporation.com or call 865-693-7000.

About Leon Williams Contractors

An experienced commercial design-build firm, Leon Williams Contractors simplifies the building process by effectively managing costs, adhering to deadlines and reducing complications to provide a seamless building experience. With more than 40 years as a value-engineering expert, Leon Williams Contractors offers a complete range of services including pre-construction consultation, site assessment, design-build expertise and construction management in the greater Knoxville, Tenn. area. For more information, visit www.lwcontractorstn.com or call 865-982-1734.

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865-977-1973
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