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Which Wich® Arrives in Fountain City with the help of Leon Williams Contractors, Studio Four Design
Fountain City Tennessee Which Wich built by Leon Williams ContractorsMaryville-based commercial design-build firm and Knoxville-based architecture firm help bring Which Wich Superior Sandwiches to Fountain City

MARYVILLE, Tenn. – June 26, 2017 – Which Wich® Superior Sandwiches, with the help of Leon Williams Contractors, a Maryville-based commercial design-build firm, and Studio Four Design, a Knoxville-based architecture firm, has officially opened in Fountain City.

Franchise owner Jeff Hensley, along with his wife Amy and two children, are responsible for bringing the store to the area. The new location was designed by Studio Four Design with Leon Williams Contractors bringing the design to life.

“This is our fourth location in the greater Knoxville area, and a location we’ve had our eye on for quite some time,” Hensley said. “We were fortunate enough to work with the great people at Studio Four Design and Leon Williams Contractors to help bring our large variety of sandwiches and awesome milkshakes closer to residents in Fountain City and North Knoxville.”

Along with his Alcoa store that was opened in April, this marks the second Which Wich Hensley has opened in 2017.

“We worked on the Alcoa location with Jeff, and it’s been great to see his franchise business grow,” said Jimmy Hawkins, president of Leon Williams Contractors. “We’re happy to help him and his team bring Which Wich to even more Knoxville residents.”

Along with the Alcoa store, Hensley also has locations in Cedar Bluff and Oak Ridge, making the Fountain City store the fourth opened by Hensley in the greater Knoxville area.

“We are grateful for the opportunity to have worked on three of Jeff’s stores in the Knox and Blount County region,” said Stacy Cox, president of Studio Four Design. “Our entire team looks forward to working with Jeff and his family in the future as they 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 clients’ 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 clients they serve. To find out more, call 865-523-5001 or visit http://studiofourdesign.com.

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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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Heather Ripley
Ripley PR
865-977-1973
hripley@ripleypr.com

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