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Staff Photo by Dan Henry. LeVaughn Flanders levels the foundation of a new office being constructed by WellSpring Builders in Hixson, Tenn., on July 1, 2015 located across from Northgate Mall in the former Suzie's restaurant.
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Staff Photo by Dan Henry. Rodney Gearing levels the foundation of a new office being constructed by WellSpring Builders in Hixson, Tenn., on July 1, 2015 located across from Northgate Mall in the former Suzie's restaurant.

' Location: 5235 Highway 153 on the site of the former Suzie's Home Cooking restaurant.

' Project: New office for Advance Financial 24/7, the company's fifth unit in Chattanooga.

'Contractor: Wellspring Builders of Nashville.

' Building permit value: $545,000.

' Size: 2,415-square-foot, single-story commercial building.

' Schedule: Construction began in June; target opening this fall.

' Why this site? "We want to be in the busiest area of town with the most traffic and people," said Cullen Earnest, vice president of public policy and communications.

' About the owner: Founded in 1996, Advance Financial offers short-term and flex consumer loans, typically ranging from $100 to $4,000. The Nashville-based, privately owned company also offers check cashing, wire transfers, bill payments and unlimited free money orders. "Customers can borrow the amount of money they need and pay the loan off at any time or spread repayment over an extended period of time," Earnest said.

' Company size: There are more than 70 locations in Tennessee, including sites on Rossville Boulevard, Brainerd Road, Highway 58 and Dayton Boulevard. The typical store employs 10 to 12 workers.

' Hours of operation: Stores are open 24 hours every day. "We never close," Earnest said. "It's part of our business model to be open all the time to serve people no matter when they work."

' Web site: www.af247.com

— Compiled by Business Editor Dave Flessner, who may be reached at dflessner@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6340.

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