Two Spartanburg entrepreneurs are building a new Zaxby’s restaurant in Roebuck.
Tony Quillen and Brian West will open their fourth Zaxby’s location in early 2018 on a nearly 1-acre site they purchased at 6177 Highway 221 beside the Hot Spot convenience store, across from Dorman High School.
The 3,600-square-foot, 70-seat fast-casual eatery will sport the chicken chain’s latest farmhouse design. The owners said they expect to create about 50 jobs.
“It’s extremely exciting for us,” Quillen said. “My wife is a Dorman grad. It’s very gratifying to be creating jobs and enhancing the area right here in our back yard.”
Quillen and West own three other stores in Gaffney, Clinton, and Laurens.
They said they have always wanted to open a store in Spartanburg, but had to wait until an opportunity became available.
“To have one so close to home is really exciting,” West said. “These aren’t just our customers. We will be serving our friends, our family, and our neighbors… That makes it very special.
Quillen and West have been friends since high school. They both graduated from Spartanburg High in 1988.
Quillen started his career in restaurant equipment sales. West worked UPS for 15 years.
In 2005, the two men joined forces to open their first restaurant.
“We loved the food at Zaxby’s,” Quillen said. “We were eating there all the time. We became fascinated by the idea of owning our own franchise.”
The owners said they hope to begin hiring in December.
Construction crews were busy Friday grading the site, which is just a short distance from Interstate 26 and Spartanburg County’s busy Highway 290 corridor.
“There’s so much growth in this area and the county as a whole,” West said. “We think we’re positioned well here to be part of that growth.”
Quillen and West said they plan to have a grand opening, or a “ZIP” party that will feature local school and elected officials. They will follow up that event with a “Family Party” for their employees and their employees’ families.
Guy Harris with Spencer/Hines Properties in Spartanburg represented both the buyer and seller in the transaction.