UPDATE (Sept. 20, 2018): Zaxby’s West Midtown Center Now Open
West Midtown is getting a Zaxby’s.
Dream Big Foods—a five-partner Zaxby’s franchisee since 2004—has leased land to build a freestanding location of the fried chicken joint in the 1299 Northside Drive development.
Zaxby’s will join Chipotle in the Kroger-anchored, Fuqua-developed mixed-use project near IKEA and Atlantic Station. There’s also a self-storage facility planned for the development.
“It’s our first ground-lease but we’re looking forward to,” Joey Clanton, one of the five Dream Big Foods partners, Friday told What Now Atlanta in a telephone interview.
The West Midtown Zaxby’s will be the company’s seventh location in the metro-Atlanta area. The restaurant should open March or April, 2018 depending on weather and construction, Clanton said.
Ground is expected to break mid-November.
“We’ve been trying to get on Northside Drive for years waiting for the right opportunity for land development,” Clanton said.
“I’m a graduate of Georgia Tech so being in the heart of the city has always been a fight of mine.”
Clanton and his team could open more Zaxby’s locations, “evaluating opportunities as they come along.”
Dream Big Foods wanted to put a location on Northside where Cook Out opened but the North Carolina-based chain beat them to the punch.
“There are plenty of people to feed in Atlanta. You just have to attract them with the right location.”