The weather seems to be the only potential stumbling block to commencing construction on a Cheddar’s Casual Cafe near Walmart.
City and county officials along with professionals from Lexington-based Greer Companies have done all they can for the project and now must await spring weather so construction can begin, said Jody Lassiter, president and chief executive officer of the Danville-Boyle County Economic Development Partnership.
Ironing out the related planning and zoning issues held up the project for several years but were resolved in December.
“I don’t foresee any obstacles for this going forward,” Lassiter said.
Cheddar’s will have a minimum of 175 parking spaces and bring at least 60 new jobs to the area.
Good food and new jobs are not the only potential benefits the new Cheddar’s will bring, said Danville City Commissioner Kevin Caudill.
“The project speaks to what a great economic hub Danville is,” Caudill said. “We are the smallest city to have a Cheddar’s franchise. They chose Danville for its ability to draw in folks from other areas.”
Danville’s geographic location could draw people from 13 neighboring counties, according to Greer Companies owner Lee Greer.
“Hopefully other businesses who have discounted us because of our Census population will reconsider based upon our customer population,” Caudill said. “I hope Cheddar’s, like all of our local eateries, does well.”
Greer owns 24 other Cheddar’s eateries in Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana, Tennessee, West Virginia and North Carolina.