September 5, 2012 Edition

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Doug Claude with Sign Systems of Jonesboro was among the three-man crew that worked Tuesday afternoon to mount a refurbished neon sign from "The Grill" at the corner of Main Street and Abbey Road.
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A refurbished sign indicating "The Grill District" was hung Tuesday afternoon in downtown Walnut Ridge.

The sign was still hanging on the building that once housed The Grill when Charles and Jackie Snapp purchased it last year.

Refurbishing the sign was an easy decision for the Snapps.

"We felt it would add spunk to Main Street and draw extra attention to the businesses in the area," Snapp said.

The Snapps originally purchased seven storefronts, two of which they donated to Downtown Walnut Ridge for Beatles Park. The remaining five have all been rented or are under contract.

Snapp said after he purchased the buildings, he contacted Bill Gatlin, owner of Sign Systems of Jonesboro.

"He used to work on the old neon sign for the Alamo Court, so I contacted him for the renovation," Snapp said. "This is old school neon, not LED technology. The sign is the original sign, except for the "District" piece added to the bottom. Even some of the neon tubes are original."

Snapp said in addition to drawing attention to the section of Main Street, he feels it will be a good landmark for those trying to find Beatles Park.

"Sign Systems constructed a special bracket to mount the sign on the corner of the building so that the sign will be visible from all directions," he said. "Along with a brighter look for downtown, the neon sign will provide an excellent reference point for directing visitors to the Beatles tribute."

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