Mary Brown’s com­ing back to Car­bon­ear

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CAR­BON­EAR, NL — Ten months after one of the orig­i­nal Mary Brown’s fran­chisees in Canada lost his Car­bon­ear lo­ca­tion, the pop­u­lar fried chicken chain is pre­par­ing to reemerge in the com­mu­nity.

Car­bon­ear coun­cil ap­proved an ap­pli­ca­tion Mon­day to con­struct a build­ing at 86 Pow­ell Drive for the new res­tau­rant, which will be lo­cated just west of the Home Hard­ware store and provin­cial gov­ern­ment of­fices. Foun­da­tion has al­ready been laid.

Mayor Frank Butt told coun­cil mem­bers he con­sulted with the direc­tor of pub­lic works about whether the site will have ad­e­quate space for drive thru ser­vice and was told it does have enough room.

Ed Whalen be­came the sec­ond Mary Brown’s fran­chisee in all of Canada when he opened a res­tau­rant in Har­bour Grace in 1972. How­ever, Mary Brown’s elected not to re­new its fran­chise agree­ment with Whalen ear­lier this year for the last of his three lo­ca­tions, which was on Colum­bus Drive in Car­bon­ear. Whalen has since opened a Chicken Fri­tou fran­chise in the same build­ing.

Trou­ble on Rusted Place

Road­work planned for Rusted Place has hit a bit of a snag due to leaks in the main wa­ter­line.

Ac­cord­ing to direc­tor of pub­lic works Brian O’Grady, leaks are spring­ing up through the road. He said the sys­tem in­stalled in the area is quite old, and lay­ing new pave­ment there with­out ad­dress­ing leaks in the wa­ter­line would force the town to dig the street back up next spring.

“We’ve ceased the road­work un­til we can as­sess (the sit­u­a­tion), and we’ve re­quested the en­gi­neer to do a de­sign … to see what it will ac­tu­ally cost to do the wa­ter and sewer, and then go back and do the as­phalt.”

O’Grady hopes to have the in­for­ma­tion in hand later this week. CAO Cyn­thia Davis in­di­cated coun­cil may have no choice but to meet again once the town hears back from the en­gi­neer in or­der to fast-track the work that needs to hap­pen.

“Hope­fully it’s a rea­son­able num­ber that we can pro­ceed with,” said Davis. “Again, it’s not go­ing to make sense to bury it up, be­cause you’re just go­ing to have to dig it up to deal with th­ese leaks.”

New de­pot ready by end of month

The Town of Car­bon­ear ex­pects to have work on its new mu­nic­i­pal de­pot fin­ished by the end of this month.

The town ap­proved a mo­tion Mon­day to cover the cost of ad­di­tional con­struc­tion man­age­ment ser­vices — ap­prox­i­mately $4,500 — re­lated to work ex­tend­ing into the month of Novem­ber. That fig­ure also cov­ered ser­vices for the month of Oc­to­ber.

“Half of that for one month and half for Novem­ber,” said O’Grady. “It should be done by the end of Novem­ber. That’s the pro­jected dead­line where we can come out and do the fi­nal in­spec­tions.”

Davis said the project at this point is still within bud­get. The over­all cost in­clud­ing pur­chase price, con­sul­tant fees and ren­o­va­tions ex­penses is ap­prox­i­mately $1.9 mil­lion.


A Mary Brown’s fran­chise will pop up at 86 Pow­ell Drive in Car­bon­ear.

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