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County, City leaders go to Vegas to draw businesses to area

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

Leaders from Mt. Juliet, Lebanon and Wilson County made the yearly trip to Las Vegas, Nev. to attend the ICSC Convention. 

The convention was held May 18-20, and housed companies and developers from all over the United States trying to expand their brand. 

That is why people like City Manager Kenny Martin attends the event. It is a great opportunity to establish contact with a business that could find a spot in  Mt. Juliet. 

“You can’t do this job if you are waiting for people to come to you,” said Martin. 

Martin said many of the businesses who have come to Mt. Juliet in the past few years have come from connections at the convention. Cheddars, Baskin Robbins, Jonathan’s and the upcoming White Castle are just a few that have come from talks at the convention. 

Since Martin started going to the event, he has noticed that Mt. Juliet’s name is becoming more known. 

“People definitely know where Mt. Juliet is,” said Martin. 

This time, leaders were busy. Martin talked to several businesses about finding a home in Mt. Juliet, including Sam’s, Whataburger, Sprouts Organic Grocery, Moe’s Southwest Grill, Dairy Queen, Panda Express, Jersey Mike’s, Qdoba, Jimmy John’s and Chipotle. 

Martin said he felt good about the possibilities of some of those places coming to Mt. Juliet, but he said that the process is in the early stages with some, while others have already expressed interest in finding a location in Mt. Juliet. 

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