Wife Saver moving locations in Columbia County

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Wife Saver closed its Evans restaurant to move to Grovetown later this month.

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Franchise owner Bob Quigley opted to relocate his restaurant at 116 N. Belair Road near Columbia Road, which closed Sunday, instead of undertaking extensive renovations on the dated building. The new eatery is set to open April 29 at 5123 Wrightsboro Road.

Quigley spent three years looking for land near his old location, but real estate was too pricey, he said. Grovetown offered a more affordable option and a strong customer base.

“We were landlocked,” Quigley said. “We wanted to build a new store on that property, but we didn’t have enough property. We had looked in the area right around us, and we just couldn’t find anything affordable.”

Quigley opened the Belair Road restaurant in 1985.

Wife Saver restaurants have since been streamlined, he said, and the old building would need an improved fire system and new sewer line, among other renovations.

“The expenses just kept on mounting up,” he said. “It would have been in the thousands.”

At 2,600 square feet, the Belair Road building was smaller than other Wife Savers, Quigley said.

The new spot has about 3,600 square feet and is modeled after the Furys Ferry Road Wife Saver. Most of the restaurant’s equipment is new, Quigley said.

Quigley is bringing 20 employees with him to the new restaurant and plans to hire six to eight more people.

“The folks out in Grovetown are excited,” he said. “I’ve had people come in the parking lot every day asking when we’re going to be open.”

Quigley said he hopes to sell or lease the old building for use by another restaurant.

The first Wife Saver restaurant opened in Augusta in 1965. There are eight locations in the metro area.

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BamaMan
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BamaMan 04/23/13 - 01:50 pm
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Whaaat?

Where am I going to stop on the way home from church???

GnipGnop
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GnipGnop 04/23/13 - 02:18 pm
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Evidently....

Wrightsboro road if you want Wifesaver lol...sorry couldn't resist!!

soapy_725
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soapy_725 04/23/13 - 02:35 pm
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Good move.
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But wasn't there a Wife Saver in Grovetown? The last two times we stopped at Belair Rd, the food was not fully cooked. Washington Rd had fish filets that were recooked from some past life. Hwy 56 was always the best. The days of good Wife Saver food is gone. The new crews do not care. The management doesn't care. Anything will pass for food service in the CSRA. Most customers are used to feeding at a dumping trough anyway.

allhans
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allhans 04/23/13 - 03:01 pm
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I hear the WS on Wash Rd near

I hear the WS on Wash Rd near Pleasant Home Rd in Martinez is very good.

BamaMan
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BamaMan 04/23/13 - 04:20 pm
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Gnip Gnop..

Haha, very funny. (couldn't resist) :)

Alhans, I can take a detour, that'll work. Thanks! :)

ColCo
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ColCo 04/23/13 - 05:32 pm
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A tip for the future

When you open in Grovetown, turn the temp up on your burners. Every time I ate the at the North Belair location the food was always barely warm, sometimes even cool.

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