New Bojangles' opening on Belair Road

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Another Bojangles' restaurant will open today at 343 South Belair Road in Martinez.

The Bojangles' on South Belair Road received final touches as it prepared to open for the public today. The restaurant is owned by former Carolina Panthers player Tim Biakabutuka.   Sara Caldwell/Staff
Sara Caldwell/Staff
The Bojangles' on South Belair Road received final touches as it prepared to open for the public today. The restaurant is owned by former Carolina Panthers player Tim Biakabutuka.

The restaurant is owned by Tim Biakabutuka, a former University of Michigan and Carolina Panthers running back.

This is Biakabutuka's third Bojangles' restaurant in the area, with others on Washington Road and Walton Way.

Those two have been open for some time, Biakabutuka said, and he felt it was time to bring another one to the market.

"The brand has had a presence here for a while, but no expansion," he said.

After he decided to open a new restaurant, he took his time to make sure the location would be both profitable for him and convenient for area residents.

"We did a lot of driving around and looking when we decided to open up a new restaurant," he said. "We look a lot at traffic patterns and other restaurants' presences."

The location on Belair had a burned-out house on the property, so Biakabutuka had the house removed and the restaurant was constructed from scratch.

"It's completely new," he said.

The restaurant will employ 35-40 employees, he said.

He lives in Fort Mill, S.C., and commutes three to four days a week to work in Augusta. He plans to make the move to Augusta soon, however, and will enjoy not having to spend so much time traveling.

After playing college and professional football for almost 10 years, Biakabutuka said, he has enjoyed his new career.

"I always had a desire to do business," he said. "It has had its challenges, but we're really working hard to make a difference."

When he moves to the area, Biakabutuka said, he wants to become more involved in the community and its residents.

"Working with Columbia County has been great, but I'm looking forward to becoming even more active in the community," he said.


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