The restaurants planned in front of the new Kroger in Rincon aren’t exactly new.
Hodges Management Co., based in Statesboro, got approval from the city council Aug. 22 to divide a 2-acre parcel into two pieces so it can build a KFC on 1 acre and a Taco Bell on the other acre.
The restaurants would be built on the west side of Georgia Highway 21, in front of Kroger Marketplace store and just north of its gas station.
They would replace the KFC/Taco Bell two-in-one restaurant that Hodges Management owns and operates across the street, on the east side of Georgia 21.
The plan submitted to the city so the property could be subdivided shows a 2,710-square-foot Taco Bell and a 3,155-square-foot KFC, separated by parking spaces.
Chuck Perry, of EMC Engineering, said the existing two-in-one store would be repurposed, but said he doesn’t know what that entails. A spokeswoman for Hodges said no decision has been made about what to do with the current building.
Hodges also owns the Dairy Queen in Rincon and is building a Taco Bell on Georgia 21 in Port Wentworth, Perry said.
He estimated construction on the two restaurants would not begin for six to 12 months and should take about six months to complete.
LaMeisha Kelly, the planner for Rincon, said Chick-fil-A still plans to build on the parcel south of the gas station and north of the Verizon store. She said she isn’t sure when construction will begin.
A vacant parcel remains between the gas station and grocery store. No plans have been announced for it.