Rincon Zaxby’s to open by August, create 50 new jobs – Savannah Morning News


Rincon Zaxby’s to open by August, create 50 new jobs – Savannah Morning News

Owners also have two Zaxby’s in SavannahG.G. Rigsby   | Savannah Morning News A Zaxby’s to be built across from Rincon’s City Hall on Ga. 21 should op

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Owners also have two Zaxby’s in Savannah

G.G. Rigsby
| Savannah Morning News

A Zaxby’s to be built across from Rincon’s City Hall on Ga. 21 should open by August “at the latest” and will create about 50 new jobs.

Jenny Stalnaker, who owns the franchise with her husband Craig, said the restaurant will create five to seven full-time jobs and 35 to 40 part-time jobs and hiring will begin in late June or early July.

The couple, who live in Savannah, also own Zaxby’s franchises at 1917 E. Victory Drive and 4260 Ogeechee Road in Savannah.

The restaurant will have double drive-thrus and 70 seats in 3,900 square feet. It is being constructed on the west side of Ga. 21, just north of the Badcock furniture store.

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City planner Jason Stewart said the building that housed a thrift store and vinyl truck liner business will be razed to make way for the restaurant.

City Manager John Klimm said the city council approved the site plan with the stipulation that no left turns be allowed from the restaurant and a right-turn-only traffic control lane be added exiting the site.

“General public reaction has been positive,” to the new restaurant, Klimm said. Based on comments on social media, the public has always favored new sit-down restaurants in Rincon. Jenny Stalnaker said she expects about half of the business at the new restaurant to come from the drive-thrus with the other half coming from dining room sales.

The restaurant will have technology that is newer than any other Zaxby’s in the Savannah area.

Employees will stand outside during peak hours to expedite the traffic flow with tablets and chip readers.

“Our building will be one of the newest in Savannah and surrounding areas, with double drive-thru lanes, a pay window and a pick-up window,” Stalnaker said. “We are excited to have state-of-the-art technology inside with digital menu boards and tablet/chip readers in the drive-thru to expedite customer service.”

She said Cale Rowland, director of operations, is leading the opening of the new Rincon restaurant. He lives in Rincon and helped find the site.

Rowland has worked at the Stalnaker’s two Savannah Zaxby’s since 2008 and “is the backbone of all our stores,” she said. He is “integral in our success.”

The restaurant will be open Monday through Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

An average Zaxby’s Rincon customer will spend about $9, Stalnaker said. Favorites include the new Chicken Sandwich, Chicken Finger Plate, Wings ‘n Things Meal, Big Zax Snack and Zalads.

The first Zaxby’s restaurant was opened by childhood friends Zach McLeroy and Tony Townley in 1990 in Statesboro. The chain has 909 restaurants, both franchises and company-owned, in 17 states.