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Standing amid ongoing renovations of the former Mutual building, left to right, are Tim Blankenbecler of the Mountain Empire Community College Small Business Development Center, Wise County economic development Director Carl Snodgrass, VCEDA chief executive Jonathan Belcher and owners Wayne and Tracey Jordan.

The historic Mutual Pharmacy building in Big Stone Gap will soon have new life as Curklin’s, a full-service casual dining restaurant, prepares to open its doors in early fall.

Wayne and Tracey Jordan are co-owners of the new business venture, which was recently approved for a $10,000 seed capital matching grant from the Virginia Coalfield Economic Development Authority.

The Jordans are renting the former Mutual Pharmacy space from the Big Stone Gap Redevelopment and Housing Authority. Last year, VCEDA approved a $90,000 tourism fund grant to the authority to assist with building renovations. Historical tax credits are being sought for it by the town.

Curklin’s was named using Wayne Jordan’s middle name, passed down in his family for six generations.

As planned, there will be a 170-seat restaurant and bar on the first floor, with short-stay lodging on the second floor to support local and regional tourism. The restaurant’s target market will be families. Cocktails will be available to guests at the bar.

The Jordans worked with Tim Blankenbecler at the Mountain Empire Community College Small Business Development Center to develop their business plan and application to VCEDA.

Within five years, the restaurant aims to employ 10 full-time employees and 30-45 part time employees.

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