Navarre man: Timing, location reasons to bring restaurant to Crestview


A Zaxby's fast food restaurant, under construction at 4285 S. Ferdon Blvd., Crestview, should open in late July, according to owner Steve Hay.

MATTHEW BROWN / News Bulletin
Published: Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at 01:59 PM.

CRESTVIEW — A fast-food restaurant franchise with a popular chicken menu is coming to town.

If all goes well, Zaxby's, under construction on South Ferdon Boulevard, should open the third week of July, according to Steve Hay, who owns the Fort Walton Beach franchise.

The 3,195-square-foot restaurant — on the corner of South Ferdon and Hugo Lane — will have a 71-seat capacity.

The restaurant initially will have an estimated 40 employees; about half the staff — those suited for restaurant operations — will remain, Hay said. Hiring dates will be announced after the restaurant's electronic sign starts operating.  

Hay, who lives in Navarre, said he wanted to build a restaurant closer to the Interstate 10 eastbound exit four years ago, but Crestview's traffic impact fees raised concerns.

"It just added too much substantial cost, so we went to Fort Walton Beach," he said.

Interest in a Crestview site returned when city officials put a moratorium on traffic impact fees.

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