Lufkin Schlotzsky’s has new owner, getting new look

By MELISSA CRAGER/The Lufkin Daily News

The Lufkin Schlotzsky’s restaurant has a new owner and will soon have a brand new look.

Bill and Lynn Mizell, from Huntsville, bought out the restaurant’s local owner, Stephen Pinkney, and closed the deal last week.

They have since closed the restaurant temporarily and plan to do a complete remodel before opening in mid-July.

“It’s going to be a total new look that Lufkin will be proud to see,” Bill Mizell said. “New logo, new kitchen. You’re going to love the look.”

The Mizell’s will also bring in new furniture, signage, awnings and give the store a fresh coat of paint and flooring. They will also begin hiring a new staff.

Schlotzsky's Deli“We’re looking to hire team leaders, managers and crew,” Bill Mizell said. “We’re going to clean it up and get some friendly faces in there. The new look is going to be awesome; we just have to find the people (to work here).”

The couple owns a Schlotzsky’s store in Huntsville. Previously in the oil and gas business, Bill Mizell was looking to settle down eight years ago. That is when they decided to put in a Schlotzsky’s on Interstate 45.

“Huntsville and Sam Houston State University have been very supportive of us,” Bill Mizell said. “Lufkin is a similar town to Huntsville. The style here is similar to the style there. It has a hometown feeling, and we want to take care of the home folks. We had looked to opening up a store in the Houston area, but this fits me better. I’m a personal person. I want to call people by name.”

In addition to an updated menu, the store will contract with Cinnabon to provide its products, as well.

Bill Mizell said he and his wife will move to Lufkin for the short-term and run the store until they find a manager. Bill Mizell said they plan to keep their finger on the pulse of the Lufkin store at all times.

The Huntsville Schlotzsky’s operates with approximately 25 staff members, and the Mizell’s hope to hire just as many in Lufkin. Applications are available at the store, located at 4601 S. Medford Drive, on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Resumes can be sent to huntsdeli@sbcglobal.net or Bill and Lynn Mizell 118 IH45 south, Huntsville, Texas 77340.

Schlotzsky’s sells soups, salads sandwiches, pizzas and wraps in a “fast casual” setting. Bill Mizell said all of his food is made fresh when ordered.

When the restaurant re-opens in July, business hours will be 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., seven days a week.

Melissa Crager’s email address is mcrager@lufkindailynews.com.

Source: Lufkin Daily News

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