Thomson will soon be home to a new fast-food restaurant. But it won't be the customary burger joint.
A development group from Eatonton, Ga. has purchased the old Swan Stop next to Farmer's Furniture on Washington Road and will begin construction on a Captain D's in early February.
Gary Stewart helps tear down the Swan Stop building to make way for a Captain D's.
Photo by Kristopher Wells
Dennis Hallman, co-owner of the planned restaurant said that Thomson was chosen as the first in a string of towns that he and his partner hope to build in. Waynesboro and Madison are next on their list.
He said Thomson has a lot going for it, which is why he and his partner chose to begin here.
"Thomson is just a strong community, and we just felt like Captain D's would fit in there well," Mr. Hallman said.
Originally the company was considering a site near I-20, but after riding through the area, an official from the Captain D's corporation suggested a location closer to town.
"Customarily, they're more town-folk driven rather than interstate," Mr. Hallman said. "They're not a real big interstate draw. They're more of a local draw."
Crews took down the Swan Stop building last week, and Mr. Hallman said he hopes to have the 2,400 square foot, 71-seat restaurant up and running by May 1.
According to the Captain D's website, the restaurant -- which includes a drive through window -- will serve fish, shrimp, crawfish, crab, oysters and clams. Land-lovers won't be left out, though. Chicken will also appear on the menu.
Mr. Hallman said he and his partner, Tim Camp, will hire all local people to staff the restaurant but will remain involved in its operations.
Once the building is completed, they will interview and hire managers and assistant managers. Then the management staff will have a hand in hiring the hourly employees.