East Perry development grows as officials break ground on Steak 'n Shake

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HAZARD, Ky. (WYMT) - Hazard and Perry County is soon to have another restaurant to eat at.

Officials with the city, county and those building the restaurant came together to ceremonially break ground on the Steak 'n Shake that is going up in front of East Perry.

"We tried several years ago to get Steak 'n Shake here and it didn't happen for us," said Kim King who is developing the restaurant along with her husband.

The husband and wife duo own a handful of businesses in Eastern Kentucky and felt like it was time to retry and bring a Steak 'n Shake to Hazard, and at this location specifically.

"We just think this is the place of the future here," said Scott King. "This has increased the value of this property. We feel like when other businesses look at this they will think hmm there's a Fazoli's and a Steak 'n Shake there."

Perry County Judge-Executive Scott Alexander says while it increases the property value, it also helps people in Perry and surrounding counties.

"It's also good for counties around us. About 40 percent of our workforce comes from surrounding counties so anytime a county around us can benefit, it's huge here," said Alexander.

This plot of land is one of the best spots in Perry County. The Steak 'n Shake will be right across the street from Fazoli's and the Big Kahuna car wash, adding more options and hopefully attracting more business.

"I think within ten years you'll see this whole project out here developed," said Alexander.

As more of these developments occur Alexander says it goes to show county officials are working to improve the areas they were elected and hope to for a long time.

"The great thing is, we are at the table negotiating with companies as we speak to locate here. We're not just twiddling our thumbs, were not focusing on the fact that were in a major decline of money coming in for governments, we're here making things happen," Alexander said.

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