JEFFERSON —Jefferson could see a bigger and better Bojangles as early as 2017.
That’s according to the restaurant’s owner Micheal White who says that a Bojangles expansion has been on his “to do” list for quite some time.
White said he believes the best plan is to build a new restaurant instead of renovating the existing one.
“We’ve looked at remodeling that store but there’s just no way to make it larger that’s efficient,” White said.
According to White, the store was originally a prototype, or smaller version, of a Bojangles averaging at only 2,600 to 2,800-square feet while others average at 3,800-square feet.
“We have done some work on that store over the years but you get to the point where you max out the efficiency of the improvements that you are making and you max out the opportunity to increase your clientele coming in to see you,” White said.
White said that the current space lacks storage and needs a larger, nicer dining room to make employees and customers more comfortable.
The news of a possible Bojangles expansion follows the opening of Jefferson’s Burger King which is also owned by White. The Burger King building underwent extensive renovations over the last several months after being unoccupied for many years but finally opened to customers on Dec. 29.
“We’ve had a large outpouring from the community and we appreciate that very much,” White said. “There’s been some fumbles along the way as we’ve worked with the crowd and we’ve worked with the equipment. We hope the community will bear with us through those transitions.”
Now that renovations at the Burger King are complete, White will move on to his next project in Charlotte.
“After that I’ll be spending more time looking at what’s happening at the Jefferson Bojangles,” White said. “That store has been well received there.”
In the meantime, White hopes to become more involved with the people of Ashe County.
“We want to be members of your community,” White said.
According to White, he often looks for opportunities to help local schools, libraries and civic groups, especially programs geared specifically towards children.
“They are the life blood of our communities,” White said. “If we can help the schools out or any of the entities that are working with kids, then let us know. We want to help them out however we possibly can.”
Hannah Myers can be reached at 336-846-7164 or on Twitter @cmedia_hmyers.