Loco’s Grill & Pub in the Sherwood Plaza shopping center in Gainesville can continue serving customers for an unspecified number of years, according to a lease agreement between the restaurant and Northeast Georgia Health System.
“I’m definitely happy I don’t have to make an immediate decision,” said Hudson Wilson, owner of Loco’s Grill & Pub, on Monday. “... It’s been a great 20 years. To get some more (years) is awesome.”
NGHS, which closed on the property Sept. 7, said in a statement that “appropriate agents will continue to work through lease terms with other tenants as needed” and that “final plans for the property are still being explored.”
Hospital officials announced in June they were pursuing the purchase of the longtime shopping center on South Enota Drive, suggesting it could be used for outpatient services.
“We are continually looking for innovative ways to provide outpatient services in a more convenient access point away from our inpatient campus, and to move support departments out of our inpatient campus to make room for much needed clinical space,” former NGHS spokeswoman Melissa Tymchuk said at the time.
“Pending a successful due diligence, we believe this property may provide a good solution to meet one or both of these goals and/or its highest and best use may be something altogether different.”
The property involved is just the shopping center, not “any additional buildings located in this vicinity,” Tymchuk said.
Tenants began getting word about the purchase three weeks before the June announcement.
“It’s been a difficult year navigating all the rumors that were swirling around our old landlord and their intentions,” Wilson said Monday.
“Who knows what the future holds? I would love for the hospital to figure out a way to incorporate us into the plans for this piece of land. But you never know, and I don’t know what’s going to happen.”