BUSINESS BRIEFS: Restaurant breaks ground on new locale

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Culver’s Restaurant, home of the Butterburger and deep-fried cheese curd, broke ground Aug. 29, 2012, on its new location in Murfreesboro, Tenn. (Photo submitted)
Culver’s made-to-order ButterBurgers are one step closer to the mouths of hungry residents living in southeast Murfreesboro.

Shovels in hand, restaurant representatives and local officials celebrated Culver’s newest project with a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday morning at the corner of Mercury and South Rutherford boulevards.

Owner Joe Klingenmeyer said, barring any weather or construction problems, Culver’s new location should open the doors to its 4,365-square-foot restaurant Monday, Dec. 17. It will be slightly larger and offer different architectural features from Culver’s at The Avenue Murfreesboro.

Nashville Airport to offer more nonstop flights

Nashville International Airport will have two daily nonstop flights to Newark Liberty International Airport, beginning in March 2013, strengthening the airport’s links to the New York City area.

The addition of these new flights marks the third time that Southwest Airlines has announced an expansion of its Nashville air service in the past three months. Southwest also recently announced a new daily flight to Boston, which began Aug. 12, and two new daily nonstop flights to New York LaGuardia Airport, beginning in January 2013.

“The Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority is committed to bringing new nonstop flights to Music City and the region,” said Rob Wigington, chief executive officer of the Nashville International Airport.

“Southwest recognizes the growth in business traffic between Nashville and New York City, and it is banking on the strength of our financial and health care industries to continue that growth,” he said. “Over the past few months, Southwest has effectively tied the major markets of New York City and Boston to Nashville, and that’s a big win for our community.”

Southwest has only 18 daily flights out of Newark Liberty International, and two of them will leave for Nashville. United Express also offers daily flights between Nashville and Newark, but the two cities haven’t been linked by large jet service since 2005.

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Starbucks returning to Opry Mills

More excitement is coming to Opry Mills with the much anticipated return of Starbucks this fall.

This long awaited addition, plus the opening of Lids Locker Room and The Cosmetic Market, will enhance the already popular roster of more than 200 fashion-forward retailers and delicious dining options at Opry Mills.

“Opry Mills continues to meet shopper demand by expanding its already thriving mix of stores and popular eateries,” said Jad Murphy, general manager of Opry Mills. “The ongoing return of noteworthy retailers further brands Opry Mills as a top destination for Nashville-area visitors and locals alike.”

Caffeine lovers will soon be able to satisfy their taste buds with the addition of Starbucks, the world-renowned coffeehouse leader. Shoppers will indulge in expertly roasted and richly brewed coffee, tea, Frappuccino’s, pastries, sandwiches and more.

Scheduled to open in September, Starbucks will be located in the Food Court.
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