Arby’s in Clinton celebrated its grand opening Wednesday, June 27, with prizes, free swag and even an appearance from Scotty the Scotsman.
Presbyterian College officials joined representatives from Arby’s, the City of Clinton, and the Laurens County Chamber of Commerce for a brief ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new restaurant located on Highway 72 East.
The restaurant offers another off-campus dining option for PC students, and is another welcomed business in the community.
“Any new business in Clinton or Laurens County as a whole is beneficial to everyone,” said Amanda Munyan, president and CEO of the Laurens County Chamber of Commerce.
Muyan said the location of Arby’s and other businesses in the Exit 54 area will hopefully bring more people off the interstate and into the community and on PC’s campus.
Clinton Mayor Bob McLean shared similar thoughts. He noted the city has invested in the interchange where new businesses are now located.
“This is just a great location,” McLean said. “I think Zaxby’s going here found out it was great location. We think it will work really well for Arby’s, too. It’s a great thing.”
Mike Hicks, director of marketing and catering for Brumit Restaurant Group, LLC, a franchisee of Arby’s, said while interstate traffic is important, the restaurant also values being a part of the community.
PC’s Vice President for Enrollment and Marketing Suzanne M. Petrusch shared, “It’s exciting to watch another business open to serve the Clinton community and the visitors it enjoys. PC is committed to a strong future for this region, and our students, faculty, and staff benefit from strategic development. We can’t overstate the importance of economic drivers that enhance the livability of this wonderful small town.”