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Two chain restaurants coming to south Augusta

Firehouse Subs, Dunkin’ Donuts to share building

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Two new chain restaurants serving south Augusta are expected to open on one site early next year.

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A combination Dunkin’ Donuts and Firehouse Subs building is under construction at 2930 Peach Orchard Road and will replace a title pawnshop on the 1-acre property, said project developer Dennis Trotter.

Demolition of the existing structure began Tuesday, he said.

“South Augusta as a whole is underserved by branded restaurants,” said Trotter, a partner at Augusta-based Jordan Trotter Commercial Realty. “These two tenants have been trying to get (into) south Augusta for years.”

Trotter gave February as the anticipated opening date for both businesses and said the project is likely to cost in excess of $1.5 million.

The new building will cover about 4,200 square feet, with each restaurant occupying half the space, he said.

Developers were granted a parking variance by the Augusta planning commission this summer to reduce the required number of parking spots from 58 to 41 on the property, which is near the Peach Orchard and Lumpkin roads intersection.

Because the peak business hours for each restaurant is during different times of the day, Trotter said, the fusion of the two establishments makes an ideal union.

“They can feed off each other without competing with each other to some extent,” he said. “It’s a good combination of tenants to make work.”

The restaurants will bring a combined 55 full-time and part-time jobs to the area initially, but that number might drop slightly after the businesses have acclimated after opening, according to company representatives.

The south Augusta restaurants will make the seventh metro Augusta site for Dunkin’ Donuts and the ninth for Firehouse Subs.

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InChristLove
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InChristLove 11/08/13 - 02:39 pm
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Firehouse Sub and Dunkin

Firehouse Sub and Dunkin Donuts.....I wouldn't exactly call them restaurants. Sure would be nice to have an Olive Garden, Harbor Inn, etc....some place you can actually go out to dinner. Applebee's has gone down hill and Verecruz is great but who wants Mexican every time you go out to dinner.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 11/08/13 - 02:50 pm
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Downhill

You surely have that right about Applebee's gone downhill.

countyman
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countyman 11/08/13 - 03:05 pm
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Peach Orchard= the South Augusta version of Washington rd

Let's hope the Chick Fil A(on the existing SRP ATM location across from I-HOP), Five Guys(in/around Colony Plaza), and the rumors of the shopping center(Goodwill to the Post Office) on Peach Orchard being turned into an smaller Augusta Exchange hurry up soon.

I would rather eat real italian food, but Olive Garden only had one location(West Augusta) in metro Augusta until recently(building new location in Aiken).. The first step requires attracting the smaller amenities before the larger chain restaurants come to South Augusta especially if they already exist in Richmond County.

bdouglas
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bdouglas 11/08/13 - 04:14 pm
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ANYTHING short of another bar

ANYTHING short of another bar or strip club replacing a title pawn place is good news.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 11/08/13 - 04:31 pm
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Heh, heh, heh. Major news.

Heh, heh, heh. Major news.

ESE
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ESE 11/08/13 - 05:09 pm
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New Restaurants in South Augusta

The comment above is correct. Dunkin Donuts and Firehouse are not restaurants. IHOP, Applebees, Sconyers, Road Runner, Veracruz and Villa Europa are the only restaurants in South Augusta; The rest are fast food places. We all know Chain restaurants won't come to South Augusta and that is too bad because they could make it here considering the large population.

GnipGnop
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GnipGnop 11/08/13 - 06:18 pm
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Peach Orchard= the South Augusta version of Washington rd

I thought you only dealt in facts? That certainly is no fact. Peach Orchard Road will never be a Washington Road.

TrulyWorried
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TrulyWorried 11/08/13 - 07:43 pm
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Peach Orchard vs. Washington Road

I should hope that Peach Orchard will not turn into a Washington Road. I dread driving that stretch in West Augusta - the traffic is a nightmare. I lived on Washington Road in the mid 50s - then it was a nice 2 lane highway and President Eisenhower passed by our house in his limousine. You hardly noticed him as there were few cars with him, not the caravan you see these days. Ah - yes - those were the good old (or maybe better) days - especially when it comes to traffic on Washington Road!

Pops
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Pops 11/08/13 - 08:10 pm
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My first job was in that building

1972....I was 17 and it was a Dairy Queen.......

floridasun
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floridasun 11/08/13 - 08:20 pm
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Dunkin Doughnuts and Firehouse Subs

Nothing to get excited about here

dichotomy
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dichotomy 11/08/13 - 08:26 pm
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Well, at least it's

Well, at least it's something. I personally would have thought about coming further south.

TrulyWorried
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TrulyWorried 11/08/13 - 08:36 pm
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dichotomy

Hey - I would say that every little bit helps. Don't you agree? Better that than an empty store front. And new construction on top of it - GREAT!

countyman
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countyman 11/09/13 - 12:07 am
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Peach Orchard

If the city of Augusta were to become progressive and start the quality of life campaign. Making sure the city is doing everything necessary in order to attract private investment with nice landscaping, sidewalks, and bike lanes on the majority of bigger corridors. The section of Peach Orchard road between Lumpkin/I-520 could actually look better than Washington rd aesthetically in the future. The city of Augusta made a huge mistake by not building any green space on Washington rd. Let's hope the city doesn't make the same mistakes in either North Richmond or the Augusta Exchange. They should expand Brookfield park in North Richmond and build a urban park(developers can build around) on Wheeler preferably between I-20/Interstate Parkway.

Young Fred
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Young Fred 11/09/13 - 05:31 am
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Applebee's pffft!!! Any

Applebee's pffft!!!

Any restauranteur is dependent on 2 things: get ready for it, it's not rocket science, –

consistent good service and food

and

a hardass manager with experience.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 11/09/13 - 06:30 am
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Gee

Next thing you will want is a Bonefish & Teds Montana Grill --geesh
:)

soapy_725
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soapy_725 11/09/13 - 08:18 am
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Wow. More healthy food options for the poor & starving. Where
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is Michelle Obama to protest.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 11/09/13 - 08:19 am
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Where r the Whole Food Store & Totally Organic in S Augusta
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Where r the Whole Food Store & Totally Organic in S Augusta

griff6035
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griff6035 11/09/13 - 09:16 am
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The making of any type of a great eating establishment is

Well groomed/well spoken and courteous employees along with a clean establishment and good food. Chick-fil-A immediately comes to mine.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 11/09/13 - 12:35 pm
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Great?

Chick-fil-a is a decent fast food place, but I would hardly call it "great eating establishment"

nocnoc
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nocnoc 11/09/13 - 01:23 pm
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POPS is right it was a DQ

The Miles family ran it when we eat there in the 1970's.

Pops
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Pops 11/10/13 - 05:36 pm
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Yep.....

Bubba Miles was 16 years then and was the manager...........wise beyond his years.........

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