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June 3, 2014

Jimmy’s Egg begins training for employees

DUNCAN — Two weeks away from opening its doors, Jimmy’s Egg in Duncan hired 33 people.

On Monday, the breakfast/lunch restaurant had an orientation program for its new hires, going over what they could expect during their week of training and making sure their online applications were complete. Orientation took place in a meeting room at the Duncan Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

“Everything’s been great,” Shannon Keute, Jimmy’s Egg vice president of operation for the Oklahoma City area, said. “We’re so excited to be part of Duncan.”

The restaurant bought franchise rights to the Duncan community in 2009, and in other southwest Oklahoma cities. But it wasn’t until the end of 2013 the restaurant began making progress in Duncan. The restaurant is scheduled to open June 16.

This week, the restaurant is focused on training its employees. The goal is to let employees know what the job entails, while getting them ready to operate the restaurant.

In the past two years, Duncan has gained several notable restaurants, including nationwide chains Applebee’s and Billy Sims Barbecue, and statewide chain Interurban. Jimmy’s Egg is a regional chain with locations in Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska.

The opening of Applebee’s, the first of this series of restaurant openings, came on the heels of the closure of Golden Corral on North U.S. Highway 81. Golden Corral closed in November 2012, the result of the owner being unable to reach a lease agreement for the building. The building remains vacant.

Rib Crib is also looking to move into the community and is expected to either build or renovate a building near the Hampton Inn.

Keute said she’s ready to open the doors of Jimmy’s Egg and join the growing choices of the community.

“It took us a little while,” Keute said about moving into Duncan.

She said Duncan’s Jimmy’s Egg restaurant will be unlike those in Oklahoma City because Duncan’s restaurant will have a meeting room for various groups and organizations to use. The private room is sizable, she said.

“There will be on-site and off-site catering,” Keute said.

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