Bunnell residents will be able to buy a baked potato at a new Wendy’s as early as April, at the Flagler Central Commerce Park on State Road 100.
Wendy’s Supervisor Chris Zwirn said the fast food restaurant will be built in about 90 days. The general manager of the store will be Elijah Miller, who said 45 employees will be hired, possibly as soon as the middle of March. Visit the Wendy’s restaurants on Old Kings Road and Palm Coast Parkway for applications.
Developers Dick Quello and Art Barr have been working on the commerce park for 6-and-a-half years. The Wendy’s deal is the first development in the project, which is planned to eventually connect State Road 100, near the Sunshine Business Complex, to U.S. 1.
Barr said the restaurant could help spur more interest in the rest of the lots.
“Activity begets activity,” he said.
Quello said the land at the Wendy’s lot will need to be raised. The cost of the dirt alone will be $80,000.
Bunnell Mayor Catherine Robinson turned the first shovel full of dirt to christen the lot. She indicated that the restaurant could be more helpful to the community than just creating jobs.
When Quello mentioned that Wendy’s would increase Bunnell’s tax base, Robinson shouted out, “Yes!”
“To have someone come in — a national franchise — is a cool thing,” she said after the ceremony. Now, people who might have to travel 12 miles north to go to Wendy’s, will stay in Bunnell, she said. Additionally, people who are getting off the highway in search of a Wendy’s could decide to take the Bunnell exit.
“I can’t wait for that first Frosty,” Robinson said.