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Crews working on new cheeseburger slider spot in Ocala

Construction crews are working on a new cheeseburger slider restaurant that plans to open later this year along Ocala’s busiest thoroughfare.

Smalls Sliders is currently under construction at 3394 SW College Road. The new restaurant is situated in one of the parcels at the Shoppes at Paddock Park.

Construction workers and equipment have been seen all week working at the site, which is across the road from Red Lobster and Olive Garden.

When it opens, Smalls Sliders will feature a very simple menu of burgers, waffle fries, and shakes.

Sliders may be purchased individually, in combos, or in party packs that come in multiples of 25. All menu items are made-to-order using fresh ingredients, according to the company.

Burgers at Smalls Sliders
The menu features cheeseburgers, fries, and shakes. (Photo: Smalls Sliders)

The cheeseburger slider and waffle fry company previously announced a partnership with local businessman Doug Cone, who will open at least two Small Sliders locations in Ocala. That partnership calls for over a dozen more franchises across north Florida.

“We are absolutely thrilled to continue growing alongside Smalls Sliders in Florida,” said Cone in a press release from the company. “Since first signing on with the brand, we all felt very confident in its ability to become a staple here in Florida and knew we wanted to continue expanding our ownership portfolio. The love and passion expressed by the leadership team is contagious and we can’t wait to play a part in the brand’s impressive growth.”

In addition to Ocala, Jacksonville, and Tallahassee, Cone is also targeting St. Augustine, Lake City, and Orange Park for potential new locations.

Smalls Sliders in Louisiana
Smalls Sliders was founded in Louisiana. The company is currently in the midst of an aggressive expansion. (Photo: Smalls Sliders)

Since first opening in 2019 in Louisiana, Smalls Sliders has entered into franchise agreements to create hundreds of locations across the country. Currently, there are over a dozen Smalls Sliders locations in operation in Louisiana, with several more planned for that state.

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EDITOR’S NOTE: This story was updated to correct the spelling of the business’s name.