Wifesaver has closed an Evans location and is moving to Grovetown.
Franchise owner Bob Quigley opted to relocate his restaurant at 116 N. Belair Road near Columbia Road, which closed Sunday, instead of undertaking extensive renovations on the dated building. The new eatery is set to open April 29 at 5123 Wrightsboro Road.
Quigley spent three years looking for land in the vicinity of his old location, but real estate was too pricey, he said. Grovetown offered a more affordable option and a strong customer base.
“We were landlocked,” Quigley said. “We wanted to build a new store on that property, but we didn’t have enough property. We had looked in the area right around us, and we just couldn’t find anything affordable.”
Quigley opened the Belair Road location in 1985. Wife Saver restaurants have since been streamlined, he said, and the old building would need an improved fire system and new sewer line, among other renovations.
“The expenses just kept on mounting up,” he said. “It would have been in the thousands.”
At 2,600-square-feet, Quigley said the building also was smaller than other Wife Savers.
The new dining spot has about 3,600 square feet and is modeled after the Furys Ferry Road Wife Saver in Evans. Most of the restaurant’s equipment is new, Quigley said.
Quigley is bringing his staff of 20 employees with him to the new restaurant and plans to hire six to eight more people.
“The folks out in Grovetown are excited,” he said. “I’ve had people come in the parking lot every day asking when we’re going to be open.”
Quigley said he hopes to sell or lease the old building for use by another restaurant.
The first Wife Saver restaurant opened in Augusta in 1965. There are now eight locations in the metro Augusta area.
This isn’t the first Wife Saver to locate in Grovetown. A previous franchise originally occupied the site of what is now the El Kiosko Mexican restaurant.