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Old Waffle House could be phone store
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A T-Mobile phone store is planned in the old Waffle House that closed earlier this year on Frontage Road in Oakwood, off Interstate 985 and next to McDonald’s. - photo by Jeff Gill

A T-Mobile phone store is planned in the old Waffle House that closed earlier this year on Frontage Road in Oakwood, off Interstate 985 and next to McDonald’s.

T-Mobile is looking to become a tenant in the 1,338-square-foot building owned by Oakwood 985 LLC at 3175 Frontage Road, according to city records and officials.

The $80,000 project “is currently in the plan review phase,” City Manager Stan Brown said.

Hours for the T-Mobile store would be 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. with an opening as soon as the construction schedule will allow but before the end of November, spokesman Brian Nasdeo said.

Renovation is underway on the building, but Brown described that work as merely “a demolition and reset project to prep the space in a generic way for a prospective tenant.”

The Waffle House’s closing this spring ended what had been longtime community buzz about the “tale of the two Waffle Houses” off Mundy Mill Road in Oakwood.

Signs on the doors and windows read: “This Location Is Closed. Thank You For A Long Successful Relationship With Our Waffle House! Please Visit Us On The North Bound Side Of I-985 (Across from QuikTrip) Look Forward Seeing You On The Other Side! We Appreciate Your Business!”

The Waffle House at 4410 Mundy Mill Road — less than half a mile away — is still open.

At the time, attempts to reach Waffle House’s corporate offices weren’t successful.

The old Waffle House, which also sits next to Northeast Georgia Health System’s Corporate Plaza, formerly a Sam’s Club store, was something of an Oakwood institution.

In an April interview, West Hall graduate Kyle Schultz reminisced on his times there in the high school’s theater program.

“After every show we did, the theater kids would go there to hang out and drink coffee ’til they got fed up and kicked us out,” Schultz said. “We would fill the whole restaurant with the cast. A whole Waffle House full of high schoolers.”

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