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Staff photo by Mike Pare / A new Jack's fast-food restaurant is to open next month in Hixson near Hixson Pike and Cassandra Smith Road.

Jack's Family Restaurants is slated to come to Hixson next month as the Alabama-based chain opens its sixth eatery in the Chattanooga area.

Tamera Tolbert, the new fast-food restaurant's general manager, said plans are to open about June 10, depending upon the weather, at the site on Hixson Pike near Cassandra Smith Road.

"I'm beginning my hiring," she said.

Training will take place at the Jack's restaurant in Lookout Valley.

Chattanooga developer Clint Wolford said the Jack's eatery is part of a six-acre tract on Hixson Pike.

"We're planning more development at the site," he said, adding that there are two parcels on each side of the restaurant and more land behind that tract, Wolford said.

Wolford, who is developing the property with Chattanooga Lookouts co-owner John Woods, said he likes the area because there's not a lot of retail or eateries aside from the Publix shopping center across Hixson Pike.

"I'm glad to have Jack's as a part of it," he said about his center called The Shoppes of Valleybrook. "I'm glad to see them committed to the Chattanooga market and doing more stores."

Jack's offers burgers, chicken, biscuits and shakes, and it has more than 160 locations in Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama and Mississippi.

Tolbert said the new Jack's will employ about 60 workers, and people can apply online at eatatjacks.com.

"I feel as if it's a good location," she said.

Tolbert said Jack's will have restaurants in Hixson, East Ridge, Lookout Valley, and Fort Oglethorpe along with Chickamauga and Dalton in Northwest Georgia.

A Jack's official said earlier that officials with the chain that started in 1960 hope to have eight to 10 units in the area within the next two to three years.

In East Ridge, a $2 million Jack's restaurant project was aided by an incentive awarded by the city based on the sales and property taxes the restaurant expects to generate.

The restaurant is located in the state's Border Region District Retail Tourism District, which is designed to encourage commercial development on the Tennessee side of towns bordering a state line.

Contact Mike Pare at mpare@timesfreepress.com. Follow him on Twitter @MikePareTFP.

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