, Port Arthur, Texas

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April 24, 2014

PA first to get new Jason's Deli design

PORT ARTHUR — Changes are in store for Port Arthur’s Central Mall, where one longtime business is moving outside into a newly-constructed building, and another retailer is coming to Port Arthur for the first time.

Jason’s Deli will relocate from its location inside the Central Mall Food Court  into a much larger stand-alone building.

To be built in the mall parking lot facing FM 365, the new 5,500 sq. foot building will have a fresh look — one that is more comfortable and offers a better flow.

The company only recently began rolling out its new design, and Port Arthur will be the first city in Southeast Texas to feature Jason’s new model.

“It’s so pretty; just a great looking deli,” Madison Boozer, Jason’s Deli media relations director, said.

The new design features a change at the salad bar. The area with dry salad items such as crackers and muffins will be separate from the wet salad offerings.

The new building will also feature a drive-thru window with offerings from a full menu.

Jason’s opted to stay on mall property because of the location, but needed more space, Boozer said.

“We had the opportunity to move to a more prominent place. We wanted a bigger restaurant, that one in the mall has always been cozy,” Boozer said.

By moving outside the mall, Jason’s can extend its hours of operation to the chain’s normal hours at its other restaurants.

When completed sometime in July, the new Jason’s will be open daily from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m.

The restaurant will also feature new recipes that were rolled out in April including the Mighty Salmon Salad and a special kids meal.

Jason’s worked closely with nutritionists at MD Anderson Hospital to develop a salad that would not only be healthy, but would help fight cancer, Boozer said.

The new kids meal features  antibiotic and gluten-free chicken nuggets that are baked rather than  fried.

Jason’s, based in Beaumont, now has 247 restaurants in 28 states.

Central Mall officials are currently looking to find another tenant — either a food vendor or other retail store —  to fill the spot left vacant by Jason’s, Jodie Galloway, marketing director, said.


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