Sunday, December 4 2022


A Popeyes arrives west of Macon near Lake Tobesofkee.

The Macon-Bibb Planning and Zoning Commission approved the site plan for the fried chicken restaurant at 5590 Thomaston Road during its meeting on Monday.

A former BB&T bank building on the site, vacant since 2017, would be demolished to make way for the construction of two buildings, according to Allen Shackelford, a member of Tobesofkee Crossing LLC.

One building would house the chicken restaurant, while another restaurant is proposed for the second building. P&Z commissioners also approved conditional use to allow for conceptual approval of restaurants. The property is zoned for commercial use on the C-4 highway.

The Popeyes is a “deal done” as negotiations are underway with another tenant for the other proposed restaurant space, Shackelford said by phone.

The development is across from the Publix at Tobesofkee Crossing shopping center.

The council also approved a conditional use of Mavis Tires & Brakes for the construction of a tire and brake retail center at 5591 Thomaston Road with a caution requested by Shackelford.

Commissioners demand that Mavis Southeast LLC use the same brick and stucco as the Publix at Tobesofkee Crossing Mall. The change is not major and would not impact the Mavis brand, said Jim Thomas, executive director of the P&Z Commission.

The site, which spans just under an acre, is an exterior parcel of the mall at the intersection of Thomaston and Tucker Road.

The commissioners also approved a waiver that allows 28 parking spaces for the 6,979 square foot tire and brake center instead of the 36 spaces required for a development of this size.

This story was originally published 22 March 2021 4:15 pm.

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Becky Purser covers business news, having returned to Central Georgia in 2000. She has also covered crime and court primarily in Houston and Peach counties for The Telegraph. She has also covered local government for the Daily Sun when it was a Warner Robins daily, for the Kingsport Times-News in Tennessee, and for the Bristol Herald Courier in Virginia. She graduated from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville with a bachelor’s degree in communication.
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