• 72°

Bojangles’ planned for U.S. 29 in China Grove

By Josh Bergeron

josh.bergeron@salisburypost.com

CHINA GROVE — Before long, it’ll be “Bo time” on U.S. 29.

Bojangles’ plans to open a restaurant in China Grove near the intersection of East Liberty Street and U.S. 29. The China Grove Town Council last week gave its approval to two zoning requests related to the restaurant. It’s unclear when the store might open.

China Grove Mayor Lee Withers on Wednesday said the Bojangles’ restaurant will be the latest in a number of positive things for the southern Rowan County town.

“We’ve got a lot of great stuff going on, and we welcome any and all development and we’re excited,” Withers said. “It’s going to be the 18th restaurant where you can find some type of edible food in China Grove. I’m not sure how we became a mecca to dine, but it’s great.”

The Town Council unanimously approved Bojangles’ zoning requests, which included a conditional-use permit to allow a drive-through and rezoning a parcel from a residential to highway business classification.

Town Planner Franklin Gover said it will be a corporate-run restaurant rather than one operated by a franchisee. A representative in Bojangles’ corporate office could not be reached Wednesday to comment about the restaurant’s opening in China Grove.

Next up, Gover said, Bojangles’ will submit a “major site plan,” which will be reviewed by the town before construction begins.

A couple of residents who live near the property have expressed opposition to the proposed Bojangles’, which would be on the edge of a cluster of houses and adjacent to a strip mall that has a Domino’s Pizza restaurant, a tanning salon and other stores.

Concerns included noise, traffic and the possibility of property value decreasing. A representative of Bojangles’ said during the Town Council meeting that the concerns can be addressed through site planning, screening and landscaping.

In a motion to approve Bojangles’ rezoning requests, Councilman Brandon Linn said the proposed store would be consistent with the town’s land use plan because of its proximity to U.S. 29 and the existing strip mall.

A Realtor expressed concern about the property value of a client and other neighbors. Council members said there was no evidence presented to show that property values would be affected.

Contact reporter Josh Bergeron at 704-797-4246.

Comments

Local

David Freeze begins cross-country cycling journey in San Diego

Local

Community remembrance events to focus on lynchings of the past, need for justice today

Local

August issue of Salisbury the Magazine is now available

Local

After 10 days, three hospitals, one diagnosis, Kassidy Sechler will return home

News

COVID-19 surging as North Carolina set to ease restrictions

Crime

Blotter: Police ask for help finding robbery suspect

Local

Three Rivers Land Trust finalizes deal to double size of nature preserve in Spencer

Local

Spin Doctors announced as headlining band for 2021 Cheerwine Festival

Ask Us

Ask Us: Readers ask about Hoffner murder case, ‘Fame’ location

Local

Cornhole tournament at New Sarum Brewery brings out Panthers fans, raises money for charity

Crime

Blotter: Salisbury man charged for breaking and entering, burglary tools

Nation/World

Senators race to overcome final snags in infrastructure deal

Crime

Child killed in Monroe drive-by shooting; 1 arrested

Local

Rowan County Chamber of Commerce’s Dragon Boat race returns after year hiatus

Local

Marker commemorating Jim Crow-era lynchings in Rowan County, racial injustice required years of work

Local

Identified Marine was a Salisbury native, served in WWII

Coronavirus

Rowan County sees COVID-19 cases coming more quickly, remains in middle tier for community spread

Cleveland

Cleveland plans to build walking trail, community barn quilt mural

High School

High school athletics: Male Athlete of the Year Walker in league of once-in-a-generation players

Business

Young entrepreneur learns lesson of responsibility by raising quail, selling eggs

Lifestyle

Historic McCanless House sold, buyers plan on converting home into events venue

Lifestyle

Library’s Summer Reading Week 10 has virtual storytime, last chance to log hours

Coronavirus

Positive COVID test knocks DeChambeau out of Olympics

College

College football: North grad Delaney ready for next challenges at Johnson C. Smith