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A trip to the city is necessary if a craving for Taco Bell or Kentucky Fried Chicken comes over a Richmond resident, but that’s about to change.
Next Thursday, Feb. 26, the Richmond Chamber of Commerce will have a ground-breaking ceremony for the newest restaurant headed to Richmond.
The new restaurant will be a combination store housed in one building. Many other combination stores are now found throughout the country but this will be the first one for Richmond.
Richmond previously had a Taco Bell location that was part of the Shell Gas Station on South Street but closed last summer.
A phone message left to the owners of the restaurant was not returned yesterday.
The store will be located on the east side of Highway 13 next to the Subway restaurant on its north side.
There are some concerns about development on the city’s south side, due to the city’s South Waste Water Plant nearing capacity and theSouth Plant’s north lagoon is already at capacity.
Childers said there are no immediate concerns about development because the South Plant is not at full capacity yet. He said the city would not be able to handle a structure that housed 400 people, however, it can handle many smaller developments.
“It depends on the size of the development,” he said. “Ten facilities that have 40 people or 40 facilities that have 10 people would be much easier to absorb into the system.”
The city is currently pondering which engineering firm they will use to design an up-graded South Plant, which will double capacity at the plant.
Childers said hopefully this development will continue to spur more development in the area.
The area is ideal to most planners based on economic data. The city’s Wal-Mart Super Center on the west side of Highway 13 draws nearly 40 percent of its revenue from Lafayette County.