Owners are comparing it to a House of Blues or Hard Rock Café. Chris Pitts, the head of the new Meridian Live, says the venue will be a place for people to get quality entertainment and food while providing the beach with something they don't have a lot of -- space.
There's no doubt about it. The old Publix on Hutchison Boulevard is huge and will take a lot of work to fix it up. But, before that comes the hard part. The Meridian Live crew held an open house Tuesday to answer any questions and go over future plans for the building. Basically, to sell themselves to their neighbors.
Complete with a convention hall, restaurant and lounge, Pitts says it will be everything that the clubs aren't and cater to a growing crowd on the beach -- families and those over the age of 25.
"That's why, like I said tonight, we want to get everybody on the same page," said Pitts. "Let them see the plans, let them hear what we want to do with this facility.
"And I'm pretty sure that everybody that's taken the time to see what this facility is going to be is going to be happy to have it in Panama City Beach."
The easy part will come next. Monday December 9th owners will hold a planning meeting and then it's on to construction permits with the city. They hope to be open early next year in March or April.
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