By Nicole Collins, Co-Editor/Writer
The former R.V. Theo Auto Sales lot on North Main Street in Woodruff will be the site for a new development that will include a Bojangles restaurant.
Developer Sharon Thurner of Brevard Partners in Tennessee said her company purchased the nearly 4-acre lot to develop and that the fast-food favorite Bojangles will be one of the tenants. All buildings on the lot will be demolished, then the lot will be subdivided, and the remaining parcel will be a future development.
The goal is for the Woodruff Bojangles to be open by the end of the year, according to Thurner, but that is dependent on weather, permits and other factors.
Thurner is working with franchisee Jeff Rigsby, the largest franchisee of Bojangles in the market, to bring Bojangles to Woodruff. Rigsby used to live in Woodruff and always wanted to build a store here.
Thurner said that Rigsby is also a “good person to have in your market as he is very active in the schools and charities in the communities his stores are in.”
Woodruff City Manager Lee Bailey said that the city worked closely with Thurner and Rigsby for two years, almost weekly, to find a site, work with landowners, provide them with demographics, traffic numbers, anticipated growth numbers and permitting.
“I think this will be a great addition to the City. For Woodruff to land a restaurant during the pandemic speaks volumes of the confidence Bojangles has in our community,” said Bailey.