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Ashley Miller and Brandi Eilenstein, Hamra Center
Rebecca Green | SBJ
Ashley Miller and Brandi Eilenstein, Hamra Center

Open for Business: Hamra Center

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Hamra Center
CoxHealth’s newest clinic opened April 17 at the southwest corner of Sunshine Street and National Avenue. The Hamra Center, the 32,000-square-foot facility at 1819 S. National Ave., houses the CoxHealth Advantage Care clinic and urgent care that officials say are meant to improve access for patients in central Springfield. The clinic offers primary multidisciplinary care and basic lab and X-ray services on-site, according to Brock Shamel, senior vice president of Cox Medical Group. The urgent care facility is open daily for 12 hours a day. CoxHealth officials say the Hamra Center employs 50, which includes Brandi Eilenstein, who manages the Advantage Care clinic, and Ashley Miller, who manages the urgent care. The center was designed by H Design Group LLC and BSA LifeStructures Inc. of Overland Park, Kansas. KCI Construction Co. was general contractor. CoxHealth in August 2021 purchased the 2-acre property across the street from Mercy Hospital Springfield.
Phone: 417-269-2700 (urgent care); 417-269-9220 (Advantage Care)

417 Pet Sitting
An ownership change for 417 Pet Sitting LLC took place at the start of the year. C.J. Miles said he purchased the business Jan. 1 from Amanda Reinert for undisclosed terms. Miles, who also owns Pasta Express on East Battlefield Road, said he mostly runs 417 Pet Sitting from an in-home office. With nine employees who work remotely, 417 Pet Sitting offers in-home services to clients, including daily visits for cats and dogs, private dog walks and overnight sitting. Daily check-ins cost $25 per visit and overnight stays are $100 nightly. Miles said all employees undergo a background check and are insured, bonded and licensed by the company. He said the business is almost 15 years old and the ownership transition has been smooth with Reinert staying on the rest of the year as a consultant.
Phone: 417-300-2167

Springfield-based Hamra Enterprises LLC opened its first Wendy’s restaurant in Mount Vernon on April 27. The fast-food eatery, 1501 E. Mount Vernon Blvd., is located in the TA Travel Center near Interstate 44. “This new travel center provides a new level of service to area residents and travelers alike and represents our ongoing philosophy of providing quality and convenience to those we serve,” said Mike Hamra, president and CEO of Hamra Enterprises, in a news release. The restaurant spans 2,705 square feet, said Eve Metheny, director of brand marketing for Hamra Enterprises. When fully staffed, the restaurant will have 50 employees. The drive-thru and indoor dining are open daily from 6:30 a.m. to midnight. Hamra Enterprises now has 98 Wendy’s restaurants in five states, including 41 in Missouri.
Phone: 417-429-1222


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