Highly anticipated restaurants Chick-fil-A and Taco Bell are both looking at fall openings in Eufaula.
Chick-fil-A began demolition Monday of the former Jack’s Tire building, a former beauty shop and an adjacent house to build a 5,000-square foot restaurant on Highway 431/South Eufaula Avenue in Eufaula. Weather-permitting, that restaurant hopes to be in operation by mid-October.
Taco Bell, already under construction on the south edge of town, should be ready for business by early September. It will be located across Highway 431 from the southern entrance of Walmart.
“A lot of citizens have made comments regarding fast food restaurants,” Eufaula Mayor Jack Tibbs told the city council at Monday’s regularly scheduled meeting. “I’m a believer in momentum, and momentum breeds momentum. We will see other things, too. This is quality of life type-thing that businesses are looking for when they are looking for a site to come to. It also brings great tax revenue to the city as well as jobs. Chick-fil-A, at a minimum, is looking for something like 80 employees.”
In other business:
A resolution previously past regarding phase 4 of the walking trail extension, due to confusion on the wording of the resolution, was reconsidered and not adopted upon further review.
Three weed embankments were approved, including residences on Union Street, Clark Hill Drive and Earline Street.
A retail off-premise beer license was approved at 1301 S. Eufaula Avenue, a business across from McDonald’s.
A retail on-premise license for a beer, wine and liquor was passed for the Rodeo restaurant expected to open soon at Eufaula Square just to the north of Winn-Dixie.
Councilwoman Linda Grace noted that the Eufaula Barbour County Chamber of Commerce was “making progress finding an economic development person. We’ve had something like 35 resumes. Of course, we can’t afford to everybody. We are going to have to look at the applications and decide who will be best for the city, then decide on a salary. And we still have more applications coming in.”
Council President Johnny Knight reiterated concerns he expressed at the previous council meeting by saying there had been “so many stabbings and so many gunshots. We’ve got to get a hold of our children. Parents are afraid of their children. It’s getting to the point they are afraid to go outside of their own home. Please, ladies and gentlemen, let’s help our kids.”