Williamsburg residents won’t have to wait much longer for the city’s first Popeyes to open its doors.
Crews are at work finishing construction on the fast food restaurant specializing in Cajun-style fried chicken, and it is projected to open in early February, according to franchise owner Shahid Hashmi.
The restaurant at 1500 Richmond Road is approximately 3,195 square feet, according to a site plan submitted to the city, and is next to Discount Tire, in front of Aldi.
Hashmi owns the Richmond Road location along with 13 other Popeyes locations in the Tidewater region, he said, most recently adding to his portfolio with a Popeyes franchise that opened in Chesapeake last year. Hashmi said he decided to open a restaurant in Williamsburg in an effort to continue his expansion across the region.
Although construction on the Popeyes is nearing completion, some have been surprised to see another building under construction next to the fast food restaurant. The adjacent building is also owned by Hashmi, Williamsburg Principal Planner Erin Burke confirmed. He said the building is planned to house three separate retailers.
Construction crews are expected to transition over to finish the adjacent 4,500-square-foot retail building once work on the Popeyes is completed.
“The second building is going to be a three tenant building, we’re going to bring in some other food chain or something in there as well,” Hashmi said.
Gas prices have continued to drop in the new year, and the state has its lowest average prices since December 2016, according to the latest report from AAA Tidewater.
Across Virginia, Friday’s average price sat at $2.04 per gallon, or 22 cents less than last month and a 25-cent drop from last year. The national average has also reached its lowest point since late 2016, but is slightly higher at $2.25 per gallon.
Hampton Roads is one of a number of regions in the state experiencing gas prices below the $2 mark, accord to the report. The average gas price was $1.96 on Friday, 22 cents less than last month, and a 31 cent decrease from this time last year.
Locally, AAA’s gas pricing website reports Friday’s averages for James City County were on par with that average at $1.96 per gallon, while York’s averages were slightly lower at $1.95 per gallon.
According to crowdsourced gas pricing website GasBuddy, Williamsburg motorists can expect to pay as low as $1.85 per gallon at the 7-Eleven on Bypass Road, or as high as $2.19 per gallon at the BP station on Richmond Road.
The report states that production cuts made by the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries are expected to take effect soon, which could start to drive gas prices higher as oil prices rise.
“With OPEC production cuts slated to take effect this week, analysts will closely be watching the price of oil,” said Georjeane Blumling, AAA spokeswoman. “Significant movement toward higher market prices would mean cheaper gas prices could be in the rearview mirror. However, AAA expects to see minimal volatility at the start of the cartel’s production cuts.”
For more gas pricing information, visit gasprices.aaa.com.
Local real estate agency Williamsburg Realty has announced its highest performing staff members for December, with Realtor Jane Potter taking home the agency’s Top Sales Agent award for the month.
Realtor Chuck Kane won the agency’s Top Listing Agent award for December.
For more information, visit williamsburgrealtyofva.com.
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