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What Zaxby’s has planned for new, old Gainesville locations
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Zaxby's recently opened Clarkesville store has a similar look to the Zaxby's currently under construction in New Holland.

Zaxby’s changes are coming to Gainesville.

Construction is well underway on a new restaurant at 1977 Textile Way, off Jesse Jewell Parkway and across from the Kroger-anchored New Holland Market shopping center.

The new chicken eatery will replace the one at 995 Riverside Drive.

Brothers Greg and T.J. McLeroy, cousins to Zaxby’s founder Zach McLeroy, expect the Textile Way restaurant could open either later in the year or early 2019.

They expect to close the Riverside Drive location one week before opening the new one.

“We just did the exact same thing in Clarkesville,” Greg said.

At 90 seats, the new restaurant will be much larger than the Riverside spot, which has 50-plus.

Also, located in a burgeoning retail and commercial area just west of Interstate 985, the new Zaxby’s sits “in a prime location,” Greg said.

“It’s going to be awesome when Lanier Tech opens (off Ga. 365 and Howard Road),” he said.

“All those college kids getting out (of class),” Greg added, with a laugh. “We’re going to be the first restaurant they see.”

“It’ll be the best-looking building around here,” T.J. said.

The Riverside Zaxby’s opened in the late 1990s, remodeled after Wendy’s restaurant closed.

“If we were going to do a scrape and rebuild (on the same site), we wanted a better lot,” Greg said. “That lot goes straight downhill.”

Greg said the brothers don’t have any plans on “what to do with the (Riverside) building. We’ve had some ideas float around, but nothing concrete.”

Also planned is a remodeling of the Zaxby’s at 1332 Browns Bridge Road. That project — largely a makeover of the dining room — could be finished by the end of the month. 

“We don’t want to close it down, because it ranks like No. 2 in sales among 900 Zaxby’s,” Greg said. “It’s a very high volume location.”

The brothers said they also are looking for another restaurant location in Gainesville or Hall County.