Rockmart to get new Zaxby’s in coming months
Zaxby’s, a Southeastern favorite for chicken fingers, wings and salads, has started a $560,000 construction project on 1.6 acres of land at 1945 Nathan Dean Parkway in Rockmart.
Mayor Steve Miller said city officials have negotiated for the location of the new restaurant for months.
“It has been worth the wait,” Miller said. “We are excited to be a part of this journey, and I feel it is a great day for Rockmart when any business selects our community for a new location.”
The 3,800 square feet restaurant will provide seating for 90, including outdoor options.
Jeff Ellis, Rockmart City Manager, believes the delay in the 115-day construction project was due to the population growth in the area.
“This community is served by several major transportation arteries,” he said. “Any marketing consultant is aware that we draw people from several adjoining counties, including Floyd, Bartow, Paulding and Haralson plus motorists who are headed to Alabama or other destination.”
Other community leaders echoed this sentiment during a recent ground- breaking ceremony attended by Wanda Rohm, Zaxby’s Construction and Development; Roddy White, Addaway Construction; John Parris, Zaxby’s; J. J. DeRoy, Zaxby’s Director of Market Development; Trey Kelley, State Representative; Scotty Tillery, Polk County Commissioner, Bobby Downs, Attaway Construction; Kim Jordan, Zaxby’s; Judy Market, Race Way of Rockmart; Steve Miller, Jeff Ellis, Stacey Smith, Randall Chupp, Todd Queen, Rick Stone and Sherman Ross, all of the City of Rockmart; and Bob Carlton, Carlton Realty.
“We are thrilled to be able to offer local residents this new, convenient option,” said DeRoy. “Our team will strive to continuously provide a quality product and fun-filled atmosphere for years to come.”
The Rockmart location will feature a new Zaxby’s “Southern rustic” prototype with a red, rustic exterior and tin roof.
The new design will offer guests a high-end, fast-casual experience with redesigned exteriors, dining areas and kitchens. Point-of-sale and other improvements will further enhance food quality and increase speed of service.
Zaxby’s, with more than 120 locations, is owned by cofounders Zach McLeoy and Tony Townley. The restaurant currently operates in 16 states: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah and Virginia.
An alternative to fast foods, Zaxby’s offers prepared- atorder chicken fingers, wings, sandwiches and salads. The menu also offers Zappertizers like tater chips, spicy fried mushrooms, fried mushrooms, fried white cheddar bites and a variety of party platters.
City officials, company representatives and community leaders pose for a photo during a ground-breaking ceremony at the site of the new Zaxby’s in Rockmart.
‘Here we grow again’ are the words on one of the signs placed at the site where the new Zaxby’s will be located in Rockmart.