By WLOX Staff
OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - The little BBQ joint that's made a big name for itself in Ocean Springs is about to more than triple its BBQ empire. The Shed is set to open five more franchises in Alabama, Louisiana and Florida. The first to open will be near the University of South Alabama in Mobile this October.
The Shed BBQ & Blues Joint has been in operation in Ocean Springs since August of 2001. The opening of the first franchise, The Shed Gulfport, on Hwy 53 in Lyman was in 2008.
The Shed Mobile is located directly across the street on Old Shell road from the University of South Alabama. The 10,000 square foot building was the home of Solomons for years. The Shed will be managed by co-owners Darrin and Jennifer Jasgur of Mobile.
"This one is golden," Shed co-owner Brooke Lewis said. "We have already had an outstanding response from the people of Mobile, including the entire City Council."
In early August, an agreement between The Shed, Inc. and Hunter Fuzzell was struck to secure the territory between Gulf Shores, Alabama and the entire panhandle of Florida. At the present time, three locations Perdido Key, Destin and Panama City are secured and ready for development.
First to open will be Destin. The pre-existing building for the franchise is located on the harbour in the Harbour Walk development. The two story 6,500 square foot building, which was originally Destin's City Hall, is located next to the harbour's hotspot AJ's and just east of McGuire's. Opening is scheduled for late March. The other locations will begin development within one year.
The latest franchise agreement, as of August 26th has been signed between The Shed, Inc and Frank Sannier and Kaliste Saloom III for Lafayette, Louisiana. The pre-existing 8,000 square foot building is located just west of Lafayette on the Scott exit, LA93 North.
"This is pretty much a turn key operation," Shed co-owner Brad Orrison said. "The only thing we have to do is put in a smoker, junk it up Shed style, and we're rolling."
Opening is scheduled for November.
Each franchise will be unique to their areas and will posses the same ambience as the original Shed. The franchises will serve the exact menu as the original and have the three main elements The Shed is nationally known for: Barbeque, Beer and Blues.