By Clint Parker
Woodfin – Not since the Hardee’s franchise located near the Ingles at Woodland Hills went out of business years ago has a chain fast food restaurant been located in Woodfin.
Bojangles of Western North Carolina is making plans to place a Bojangles franchise on Weaverville Highway on the old Lacky property at 127 Weaverville Road.
A street and sidewalks excavation permit application has been filed with the Town of Woodfin along with a site plan of their intentions of placing a Bojangles Famous Chicken and Biscuits restaurant on the old Lacky Convenience Store property at the corner of Weaverville Road and North Merrimon Ave at exit 23 off I-26.
Randy Icard, president of Bojangles of Western North Carolina, says the company is the largest franchisee of Bojangles (with 70) and own all the Bojangles in Western North Carolina along with Bojangles locations in Tennessee and update South Carolina. “We have Bojangles in five different states,” he said.
Icard did point out that this Bojangles will be different from all others that the company has built. “This will be a drive-thru only concept. There won’t be a walk-up window, but we’ll be able to take orders from town cars at one time.” Asked if the company had ever built one like this before, Icard said, “This will be the very first one.”
Asked why they choice Woodfin for this first of its kind design, Icard said, “We feel it would be a very good location. It’s kind of in-between two of our other existing restaurants.” The one on Merrimon Ave near downtown and the one in Weaverville on Weaver Blvd. “We feel like it’s a bit of an underserved area. A good location with good traffic right off I-26.”
Icard said that they plan to break ground on the project within the next month and hope to complete the new location before the end of the year.
“Even though this is a drive-thru only location, we’ll have the full Bojangles menu,” he added. “Just because it’ll be a little bit smaller building, don’t mean we’ll be cutting back any on what we offer. So full-blown Bojangles in a smaller package.”
The plans submitted with the street and sidewalks excavation permit application to the Town of Woodfin’s Planning and Zoning include an entrance from the North Merrimon Ave as well as from Weaverville Road.
Bojangles of Western North Carolina was started by Jeff Rigsby, about 20 years ago with six locations in the Asheville area and who still owns the company. The company is still based out of Asheville.
“We’re excited about coming to Woodfin,” explained Icard.