Friday, February 1, 2013

New Chicken Chain to Take Their Chances in the City

Zaxby's will be the latest chicken chain to open at 425 Ponce de Leon Avenue in Atlanta.

KFC built a restaurant adjacent to Taco Bell and around the corner from Pizza Hut (fellow Yum! Brands), but closed nearly two years ago.  In their place, Church's re-entered the market, having closed a unit nearby many years before.  Church's renovated the interior and painted the exterior and opened in late 2011, before closing this past December.  Now, Athens-based Zaxby's will demolish the building to erect a new structure for their restaurant.  Demolition should begin in a couple weeks with the potential for the new restaurant to be open by late summer / early fall.

Zaxby's opened new locations on Roswell Road in north Buckhead in 2011 and another on North Druid Hills Road near North DeKalb Mall earlier last year.  Zaxby's also finally opened their long delayed restaurant on Peachtree Boulevard in ChamHaven late last year.  The restaurant broke ground in October of 2011 and sat partially built for many months before finally opening this past November.

Personally, I would have loved to have seen a Bojangles' on Ponce, but hey, ya' take what you can get.  New construction and real estate that does not stay on the market long are good things.

What are your thoughts on Zaxby's chances on Ponce?  What is your favorite chicken chain?  Are you, like me, waiting for there to be a freaking Bojangles somewhere ITP? Please weigh in below.     

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Oh Lord. I guess it all depends on who they're able to hire. And given that location, I can only imagine.

"I GOTTA COMPLICATED ORDAH!"

Anonymous said...

Hell Yeah! It's about damn time!

TheJohnP said...

The only reason half those fast food restaurants on Ponce do well is they're open late. If Zaxby's keeps normal business hours, they probably won't stick around.

Dean said...

About time! I called them several years ago regarding franchising in Atlanta but they said they weren't interested at the time.

Dean said...

Work Out!

Kurt said...

it is a rough area but I hope they make it,

Analogy said...

Would love a Bojangles ITP!!!! I get too excited when we travel and I see one. I must admit there is quite a bit of "chicken saturation" in this area now. We live a few blocks away and are excited about Zaxby's coming but I love Popeye's. Then there is Wendy's, Zesto's, Best Wings, and a Wing Stop (near Publix). A bit cliche, if you ask me, but I hope everyone does well. I guess time will tell.

Anonymous said...

To analogy: Bojangles is a fantastic restaurant! We are getting one in the Tucker area area but won't actually be in the main business part of Tucker. It will be located on Lawrenceville Hwy next to a large convenience store which opened earlier this year at Cooledge Rd at Northlake Parkway. Our small community in the immediate area worked closely with a Bojangles' representative to establish a great relationship. Come enjoy them when they open! We'd love to have you.