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Parton-inspired dinner theatres may be coming to Destin
DESTIN -- For months there's been talk that a Dolly Parton-inspired dinner theater is coming to Destin.
Now demolition work has begun on the rumored location.
Nobody's saying for sure whether a little bit of Dollywood is coming to Destin.
Laura Hussey "We know a couple of things for sure this property which is at the intersection of Henderson Beach Drive and Highway 98 in Destin is sold. And we know the selling price, it says it right there, 4.25 million dollars"
The buyer was World Choice Investments, which runs Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede Dinner Theater, and her Pirates' Voyage Dinner Theater.
Their PR director says they're evaluating the Destin market for expansion of one of their businesses.
Hannah Arick/Destin "They have a really good business ethic. Dolly Parton is a very ethical person and she runs her businesses really well."
Hannah Arick would like to know exactly what business the company might bring in but they're not saying right now.
Destin is in the running as well as several other markets.
Tammy Reams/Virginia "Dolly Parton, all her theme shows have been clean fun, they're family oriented, people want to go see them"
Visitor Tammy Reams has seen the pirate show and the Dixie Stampede.
One word keeps coming up.
Tammy "It's family oriented, very very clean, very organized, geared toward the family"
World Choice says finding a great family destination is key to their decision process.
Hannah Arick thinks one of their dinner theaters would be a fit for Destin.
Hannah "So I think it would be a little bit of difference, and I don't think it would draw attention away from people that are our local business owners"
Laura Hussey "Whatever the developer does or doesn't do with this property, traffic may be a factor, this is a very busy area. The county's growth management director tells me in meetings with the developer, this traffic has been a major topic of conversation."