Franchise eyes Westbrooke Shopping Center site
Cook Out, a fast-food restaurant chain that started in Greensboro in 1989, is considering locating a restaurant in Havelock.
Jeremy Reaves, the CEO of the chain, confirmed Tuesday that the restaurant is exploring a location in Havelock.
“We are thinking about it. We’re not sure, but we’re thinking about it,” he said. “We are working on a particular lot, and we’re not sure that it will work out. Hopefully it will.”
Havelock’s planning department received preliminary plans for a Cook Out restaurant on Aug. 1 for a location at 500 U.S. 70 West at the Westbrooke Shopping Center. They were not immediately released to the Havelock News when initially requested because staff mistakenly thought the plans were not a public record.
The site is an out parcel in front of Planet Fitness and next to the Burger King on Catawba Road. The service road would run in front of the restaurant.
Summey Engineering Associates, an engineering, land planning and consulting firm in Asheboro, submitted the plans on behalf of Cook Out Restaurants, of Thomasville.
“These are the plans, but they have not formally turned in an application,” said Katrina Marshall, planning director for Havelock. “This was just preliminary work to see if they had enough land to locate the building here.”
Developer Jeremy Jackson had confirmed recently that a restaurant was looking at the location, but declined to reveal the name of the restaurant.
According to the plans on file at city hall, the restaurant would be 92 feet long and 43 feet long with a brick and stone veneer and a flat top. The plans call for 19 conventional parking spaces with one additional handicap space.
The site has 115 feet of frontage on the service road between the shopping center and U.S. 70. Total size of the lot is about half an acre. The building would be 3,446 square feet with 1,579 square feet of concrete sidewalk, and 13,574 square feet of parking area. About 78.6 percent of the lot would be impervious.
Cook Out was founded in Greensboro and has about 170 locations primarily in southern states including Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina. Cook Out has restaurants nearby in New Bern and in Jacksonville.