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Press Release: Construction Completed at Debby’s Diner and All RV Needs

Monday, March 12th, 2012

“Construction Completed at Debby’s Diner and All RV Needs”

Grand Opening Scheduled for Thursday, March 15th 9:30am

Phoenix, OR, (March 12, 2012) – Batzer Construction recently completed the much anticipated buildings for Debby’s Diner and All RV Needs located on Hwy 99 just North of Phoenix. Both businesses are currently setting up for a Grand Opening planned for 9:30am Thursday, March 15th.
Batzer Construction began construction in September of last year. Originally the site had been intended to be an exclusive RV service facility, but when Debby’s Diner needed to relocate from its current facility the Hwy 99 option quickly became an ideal site for their new family restaurant.   Debby’s Diner has a loyal clientele of families, community members, hot rod clubs, motorcycle riders, local fire departments and regular customers that are excited to have additional room to gather at the new location.
The new Debby’s Diner was designed by Batzer’s Gary Caperna, AIA and Mark McKechnie, AIA of Oregon Architecture, Inc., as a nostalgic 1950’s diner. Caperna carefully designed the diner to fit a 12 foot vintage 1910 soda fountain that was once housed in the old Jacksonville pharmacy.  Design elements of the new diner include classic chrome details, a checkerboard floor and the familiar “Happy Day” style jukebox. According to Debby Hartnell, owner of Debby’s Diner, this is an exciting event. “We are thrilled to be able to share the new restaurant with our wonderful customers as well as the entire community. It is our dream that Debby’s Diner will be a place where memories will be made for families who live or visit our area!”  Hartnell doesn’t serve alcohol and plans to maintain a family focused gathering place for the community. Included in the design of the new diner is dedicated space reserved for parties and performances. The outdoor seating patio will double seating capacity and provide an entirely new space for guests to enjoy during the warm weather.
Debby’s Diner Grand Opening is scheduled for Thursday, March 15th. Included in the events will be members from The Rogue Valley Hot Rod Club, Southern Oregon Street Rods, the Corvette Club and the vintage Umpqua Ice Cream Truck (making sure the soda fountain is well stocked) and a sighting of “Elvis” is expected.   Festivities begin at 9:30am with a duel ribbon cutting ceremony, Phoenix Chamber of Commerce will start off the event while the Medford/Jackson Chamber will have their moment at 10:15.  Next door, All RV Needs will be showing off their state-of-the-art RV repair and customization shop throughout the day.

All RV Needs was designed as a steel building with three service bays that have the width to accommodate the dual popout style of RV’s. The facility will provide a high-end professional experience that hasn’t been offered in the area before.
According to Russ Batzer, President of Batzer Construction, “Both of these businesses have such passion for what they do; it’s been a pleasure to help make their dreams become a reality.  And I know the entire community will enjoy the fun atmosphere that Debby’s Dinner and All RV Needs provides.”
The media and community are invited to attend the Grand Opening Ceremonies.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Two Businesses Break Ground in Phoenix

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

“Debby’s Diner” and “All RV Needs” Build New Facilities

(PHOENIX, OR) –  Highway 99 just North of Phoenix will be seeing two new businesses early in 2012.  Batzer Construction will held a groundbreaking ceremony, Wednesday September 28th at 10am at 3800 S. Pacific Hwy for Debby’s Diner and All RV Needs.

All RV Needs is just what the name depicts an RV center that will provide sales, consignment repairs, parts, and storage for RV’s.   Owner, Ron Dace, has over 30 years experience in the RV industry and is very excited to open a state of the art facility that focuses on old fashioned personal, friendly service.   He’ll have 3 double length repair bays (a pull through setup) that are extra wide to accommodate recreation vehicles that have pullouts on both sides.   At full capacity Dace expects to have a staff of 12 -15 people at the new location.

The perfect neighboring business will be Debby’s Diner, a family friendly 1950’s theme diner.  Debby’s has been located in Phoenix for 4 years.  When Debby and Paul Hartnell opened their small 15 seat diner the goal was to provide a friendly intimate setting. Paul had been catering for forest fire and natural disaster crews for several years, which had kept him on the road for 6 months of the year.   Debby’s Diner was the couple’s perfect concept of how to spend more time together and be part of the community.

Debby’s has been such a success that they quickly outgrew their 15 seat diner and expanded into their storage room, and even now, they are packed to capacity most days.  However, the ODOT changes to the intersection will put the new road directly through their current location, so they began asking around and looking for property.

Enters landowner/developer John Poole, whose family  has owned the property at 3800 S. Pacific Hwy since the 1960’s.  One of Poole’s former RV Dealership tenants gave Poole the lead to contact Debby’s Diner with the suggestion that the Diner would be perfect for his property.  Poole’s family has been in the manufactured home sales and park business for years, and never branched out it, until this concept came together… having a fantastic diner adjacent to RV sales and service would be a great combination.  So Poole and Hartnell’s struck a deal.  Poole had already hired Batzer Construction to be the contractor for development of the property.

And that’s when it all came full circle again.  Debby Hartnell’s father Cecil had worked at Batzer Construction for many years.  Batzer Construction’s Project Manager for Debby’s Diner is Andy McHugh, who was first hired by Debby’s father nearly 20 year s ago.

Russ Batzer said “This is going to be great project for so many reasons.  For the community it will add new jobs and services.   Debby’s Diner will be 4,000 SF, about 1000 SF bigger than their current location so they’ll be adding staff.    So that’s two great local businesses that will be at this location providing great jobs and a sense of community.

“The diner will still have its 1950’s theme.  In fact, Debby and Paul bought the old Jacksonville Pharmacy soda fountain counter, it’s in storage now.  I’m excited that we’ll be installing it again to serve ice cream, malts and sodas. That long white marble counter is a piece of memorabilia that so many people here in our valley remember.”

Ground breaking ceremonies will begin at 10am on Wednesday, September 28th. The media is welcome to attend.