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Shane’s Rib Shack growing presence in Henry County

By Monroe Roark
Times Correspondent

  The fifth Henry County location of Shane’s Rib Shack is now open west of McDonough, and the company continues to return to its roots and expand its presence locally.

  The company has returned its base to the county after a few years being headquartered in Atlanta, according to Shane Thompson, the company’s founder who opened the first location 12 years ago at the corner of Hwy. 155 and East Lake Road.

Justin Pair, training director for Shane's Rib Shack, and company founder Shane Thompson, at the opening of the chain's newest location in Henry County.

Photo by Monroe Roark

   From that beginning (the original restaurant is still in operation), Shane’s Rib Shack now has 70 locations throughout the South-east as well as a few in such far-flung states as New York and Arizona.

  The newest location, on Hwy. 20 West between McDonough and Hampton, is a corporate store that will serve as a training store for new franchisees. It is being managed now by Justin Pair, the company’s training director who began working at the original Shane’s while still a high school student.

  Thompson enjoys noting that several of the key people in the company have grown with him this way since starting out as teenage employees. “That’s the only way to do it [grow],” he said.

  There are plans for six more new Shane’s Rib Shack locations to open in 2014, the next of which is in Fayetteville. The company plans to continue focusing on the Southeast but there are currently no plans for an additional Henry County location.



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