By Abby Ott, Staff Writer
The bright pink and blue décor in local Maggie Moo’s ice cream shop will be transformed into a darker color scheme with an upscale appeal.
About three years ago, Maggie Moo’s and Marble Slab Creamery was purchased by the Global Franchise Group parent company. Recently, management decided the best long-term strategy is to combine the brands under the name Marble Slab Creamery.
The official date of conversion at the Jackson location has not been released yet, but it is definite the two companies will unite.
“We will be patient in our decision to merge to make sure the store design is the best it can be,” said Clay Arrington, owner of Maggie Moo’s in Jackson and Nashville, and “Maggie’s Mobile Slab.”
Both companies specialize in hand-folding ingredients into their homemade ice cream, and have many similarities. The change is already taking place, and a few flavors that are new to Maggie Moo’s are old favorites at Marble Slab.
“As we further diversify our products, that will only enhance our presence in the market,” Arrington said. “As business owners, we have to respond to trends, and you will see us respond to that trend in a unique way.”
One of the biggest changes will be the store’s interior design. Arrington said a more sophisticated look will be incorporated by adding booths, dark red accents and a children’s side. Maggie, the current mascot of Maggie Moo’s, will continue to be a presence at Marble Slab Creamery. In the new store, a “Best Of” children’s menu will incorporate recipes from both Marble Slab Creamery and Maggie Moo’s, with Maggie as the icon.
Arrington said that since Marble Slab Creamery is a nationally recognized name, it will most likely help business. He also said he wants people to realize the owners and principles of the company will not change. Maggie Moo’s will continue donating to local charities, supporting local events and attempting to influence the community.
“It ends up being the best for both brands,” Arrington said. “The move makes sense. (We both) have the very same concept, but with a different name.”
Often when companies merge, a portion of employees lose their jobs. However, the change in Jackson will not impact job security for individuals currently employed.
They will not have to adjust to much change either. They will simply have to learn about the few variation of flavors between companies and adjust to the new products incorporated from Marble Slab.
“I am looking forward to a change,” said Jake Fain, senior art major and Maggie Moo’s employee.
“I am tired of looking at the same walls.”