Zaxby’s coming to AndyPublished 12:04am Saturday, February 23, 2013
A long-rumored deal was finalized yesterday when Back Home Brothers LLC closed on property for the construction of a Zaxby’s in front of the Covington Mall.
Elba natives Troy Brown and Scott Brown said they were looking for an opportunity closer to home and family.
“We really liked the town,” Scott said.
Between the two of them, they have about 45 years in the wood business. They’ve lived all over the country, from Georgia to Mississippi to Minnesota. Now, they’re preparing to move to Andalusia.
Zaxby’s was founded by two men who had been childhood pals in Georgia who hatched their idea on a basketball court. The restaurant, which specializes in all things chicken, is now franchised in 13 states. The menu includes chicken strips, chicken sandwiches, chicken wings and salads.
The Browns said they expect to break ground by March 15, and construction is expected to take 100 days. When it opens some time this summer, Zaxby’s will employ about 30 people.
Local developer John Tisdale said the Browns have been great to work with.
“We are certainly glad to have them in Andalusia,” Tisdale said. “Having them here will make a big difference in redevelopment of the mall.”
Troy Brown said the progressive attitude of the mayor and others toward developing the city was a factor in their decision to locate here.
The infrastructure work done in Andalusia in the last five years is impressive, Scott said, especially considering the national economy.
Tisdale commended local Realtor Danny Solomon, who worked as a transaction specialist for both sides in the project. Tisdale said he has seen increased inquiries from businesses scouting new locations in recent weeks.