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Big name restaurants headed to Valley


As Labor Day rolled
into Chambers County
many started the day
off with thoughts of
barbeque, hitting the
lake, or taking a trip to
the beach. However, as
the day rolled around an
announcement on social
media by a local elected
representative left many
in the area with thoughts
of various dining options
which he states are head-
ing to the area.
Valley city council-
man Randall Maddux
took to social media to
announce that several
new restaurants are about
to call Valley home.
Those include Jack’s and
Popeye’s among others
heading to the city.
Maddux started his
big announcement by
announcing that Jack’s
Restaurant is heading to
Valley and will construct
a location in the 3000
block of 20th Avenue
which is directly next to
the Pizza Hut in the city.
Maddux did not give a
timeline of the construc-
tion to start or a possible
opening date for the
business. He did however
announce that the busi-
ness has completed the
purchase of the property.
Jack’s presently has
more than 150 locations
mostly in Alabama in a
geographical are north
of Interstate 85. The
chain also has locations
in northwest Georgia,
Mississippi, and Tennes-
see. There is one Jack’s
in Chambers County, it is
located in LaFayette. The
chain also has nearby
locations in Opelika,
Auburn, Dadeville, and
Jack’s is not the only
chain restaurant heading
to Valley according to
Maddux. The councilman
also noted that Popeye’s
Chicken will open its first
Chambers County loca-
tion in the 2800 block of
20th Avenue on what is
now a vacant lot located
between Dunkin’ Donuts
and Waffle House just off
of Interstate 85. Maddux
offered no timeline on
this project as well.
Located just three
buildings down from the
new location of Popeye’s
is a former Burger King
location. Maddux has
announced that a new
locally owned seafood
restaurant is heading to
that location. Maddux
confirms the restaurant is
not a chain, but he would
provide no details on
what the new business
will be called.
Maddux also con-
firms that a new fitness
center is heading further
down 20th Avenue to a
shopping center where
Ace Hardware recently
opened its doors. The
new gym and fitness
center will open in the
3700 block of 20th Av-
enue according to details
provided by Maddux.
Maddux would not name
the new gym heading to
the small strip plaza, but
earlier posts on social
media this year indicated
it would be an Anytime
Fitness that would be
managed by Jason Phil-
The news of new
restaurant offerings is not
limited to only Valley.
An Atlanta-based wings
company has plans to
make its entry into the
Alabama markets this
coming fall by opening
its first Alabama location
in Lanett this October.
WNB Factory is an
Atlanta-based wing and
burger restaurant that has
nearly two dozen restau-
rants mostly in Georgia
and has been in business
since 1997.
WNB Factory would
not disclose the location
of where they will open
the Lanett store at. The
chain recently opened
a store on Hogansville
Road in LaGrange in
2015 and two locations in
Columbus in 2016.
The news of the new
businesses heading to
Chambers County is
welcomed news follow-
ing the recent closure
of businesses such as
Newt’s Fried Chicken
and Steak n’ Shake in
both Valley and Lanett.
Residents responding to
the posts on social media
seemed enthused by the
announcements made by
Maddux. However, resi-
dents still have a growing
list of eateries they would
like to see make their
way to Chambers County.