Brevard’s first Zaxby’s restaurant set to open July 18 at Pineda Landings


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PHOTO BY MIKE GAFFEY

Brevard County’s first Zaxby’s chicken restaurant is set to open July 18 at Suntree’s Pineda Landings Shopping Center, bringing 60 new jobs to the area.

The Georgia-based fast-casual franchise chain known for its all-chicken menu, dipping sauces and milkshakes will open its latest location at 6355 N. Wickham Road.

“We all are fired up about being part of the community,” Suntree franchise owner Matt Strickland said. A St. Augustine resident and former insurance salesman, Strickland opened the first Zaxby’s in Florida in 2000. The Suntree location will be his fifth franchise in the state.

One of the nation’s fastest-growing restaurant chains with nearly 900 restaurants, Zaxby’s operates mainly in the Southeastern U.S. Zaxby’s serves up a wide variety of prepared-at-order chicken fingers, Buffalo wings, salads, appetizers and desserts. Its nine sauces include such flavors as Wimpy, Tongue Torch, Nuclear and Insane.

The new Zaxby's is located in Pineda Landings shopping center. | PHOTO BY MIKE GAFFEYLaunched in Statesboro, Ga. by childhood friends Zach McLeroy and Tony Townley, the chain celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2015.

A south George native, Strickland was familiar with Zaxby’s and was impressed by the chain’s growth. “We were trying to find a business that we could get out there with, and Zaxby’s could not be a better choice,” Strickland said. “They’re just fantastic people. They treat us like family. They are family to us. It’s one of those perfect business situations. I’m very, very blessed.”

The 3,841-square-foot Suntree location will seat 90 customers and have a drive-through window. The restaurant will employ 60 people, Strickland said.

Restaurant hours tentatively are 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. “We’ll probably stay open later on Friday and Saturday, depending on how business plays out for that area,” Strickland said. Zaxby’s plans more locations in Brevard and Indian River counties, Strickland said. “We’ll do our best to get several of them in there,” he said. For more information, go to zaxbys.com.

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