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Captain D’s considering Oakwood site

City's business landscape changing with new restaurants, remodeled shops

POSTED: July 24, 2013 1:47 p.m.

Captain D’s Seafood Restaurant is looking to open a location across from the newly opened Steak ‘n Shake on 3525 Thurmon Tanner Parkway in Oakwood.

“We don’t know their timeline, but we know they’re moving pretty quickly,” Oakwood City Manager Stan Brown said.

“Typically, we don’t get building and site plans all at the same time — usually one kind of lags behind the other. I think they’re pushing to try to move as quickly as they can, because they’ve got (those plans) in here for review.”

City officials met with the company about a month ago, “and it looks like they’ve done their due diligence,” he added.

Rebecca Day, corporate spokeswoman for Captain D’s, couldn’t be reached for comment.

If all goes as planned, the Oakwood location would be Captain D’s second restaurant in Hall County, with the other one in Gainesville.

The new restaurant would be built between Jameson Inn and United Community Bank, which are also close to the busy Mundy Mill Road, Oakwood’s main commercial corridor.

Steak ‘n Shake opened to huge crowds in June — such that Oakwood police helped with traffic control — at the entrance to the Merchants Crossing Shopping Center, which has undergone a revitalization of its own in the past couple of years.

Oakwood has had other redevelopments in the past year, including hamburger archrivals McDonald’s and Burger King each tearing down and rebuilding their establishments on Mundy Mill.

Also, Camping World, which finished a $1 million expansion last year, is hoping to expand to the current location of 985 Collision, both of which are on Smithson Boulevard, which runs parallel to Interstate 985, Brown said.

And 985 Collision plans to tear down a building that’s off a five-way intersection including Smithson, Oakwood Road, Mundy Mill Drive and Briarwood Drive “and rebuild a new facility,” he said.

Camping World also can be reached off Thurmon Tanner Parkway.

“I know they’re talking to us about signage and other things that would make it easier for people to get to them,” Brown said.

Also, Kenworth Trucking is considering building a retail and service center on a 7-acre site off Thurmon Tanner, next to Camping World. The center would be between 40,000 and 50,000 square feet.


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