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From the Ground Up: First Watch

3103 E. Sunshine St.

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Owner/developer: James Tillman and Joseph Hulston
General contractor: Base Construction & Management LLC
Architect: Sapp Design Associates Architects PC
Engineers: Toth and Associates Inc., civil; J&M Engineering LLC, structural; and Interpres Building Solutions LLC, mechanical, electrical and plumbing
Size: 4,500 square feet
Estimated cost: $1.2 million, per city permits
Lender: Springfield First Community Bank
Estimated completion: January 2019
Project description: Originally targeting a September opening, local First Watch franchisees say they’re now on pace to open the breakfast and lunch cafe early next year. Business partners James Tillman and Joseph Hulston brought the First Watch concept to Springfield in October 2017 and announced plans for their second a little over a month later. According to Greene County assessor records, the Sunshine Street property is owned by National & Battlefield Investment LLC, the same corporation created for Tillman and Hulston’s First Watch near the northeast corner of National Avenue and Battlefield Road. The development duo razed a vacant Shoney’s to make way in 2017, and this time they demolished a multitenant center on Sunshine. City building permits indicate the shell of the building cost $600,000 and the infill is another $600,000. The restaurant is expected to seat over 100.


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