The Popeyes Fried Chicken and Arby’s fast-food restaurants that have been under construction near the Erby Campbell Boulevard exit on Interstate 30 intersection are scheduled to be completed by the end of April.
Larry Lott, president of the Royse City Community Development Corporation, said he expects Popeyes to open as early as Friday, as they are planning to receive their certificate of occupancy sometime this week.
He said Arby’s could be ready to serve Royse City in seven to ten days.
The structure between the two restaurants is still largely under construction, and will be a Kwik Kar lube and automotive center.
Lott said the store is looking at spending approximately two more months on construction before opening for business.
Lott told the Herald-Banner that he thinks bringing national brand names to the city shows other interested companies and vendors that Royse City is a worthwhile location to move their business.
“They are national chains, and they do bring a certain degree of recognition just because of their national branding,” Lott said. “I think people will look at it and say, ‘If Royse City is big enough to support a Popeyes and Arby’s, then they’re big enough to support other things.’”
Across the street from the Walmart on Erby Campbell, near the CVS Pharmacy, Lott said that the foundation for a new Burger King store has also been completed. He said that the construction of above-ground structures and fixtures should begin this week.
The completion of that project, however, could take at least three months.
Though the recent increase in rainfall has delayed some of the construction, Lott said that the weather has not led to any major problems.
“Obviously it has slowed down some of the construction to some degree, but we’re back up and going and, hopefully, going full steam ahead on all our building projects,” Lott said.