A second Popeye's Fried Chicken is coming to Tyler in the next six to nine months at 1428 Golden Road after the city's Planning and Zoning Commission approved a zoning change on Tuesday.
Lloyd Nichols, who owns the other Popeye's franchise at 3820 W. Elm St., had asked commissioners to approve a request to re-zone the property at Fifth Street and Golden Road from Single Family Residential to Light Commercial. Nichols opened the first location in November 2012, which is at the intersection of Elm and Loop 323.
Commissioners expressed concern about traffic backup around the restaurant when it first opened, recalling that cars were lined up outside the parking lot and on Loop 323 to gain entrance into the location.
"We don't anticipate the traffic problems this time — Popeye's had been absent from the market for 15 years, and there was a lot of pent-up demand," Nichols told the commissioners. He added that traffic will enter the restaurant off of Fifth Street and will exit onto Golden Road.
In other news, commissioners voted to approve the annexation of the land and property at 2901 Industrial Avenue, which will become the headquarters for Tazza Pronto, a coffee product manufacturer that will make its home in Tyler. Mayor Barbara Bass announced in May that the manufacturer will be coming to Tyler.
The city council is expected to give its approval to the annexation at its July 10 council meeting. Tazza Pronto will create 200 new jobs in five years as a part of a tax abatement agreement with the city, which city council approved in April. In return, Tazza Pronto will invest $32 million by creating the jobs and renovating the facility on North Industrial Avenue. That building used to house Stenco, a metal stamping company, and has been vacant for two years.