Rocky Mount/Edgecombe Community Development Corp. (CDC) celebrated the grand opening of a new Bojangles’ Famous Chicken ‘n Biscuits restaurant Aug. 7.
It is the first business to open its doors in the CDC’s 85-acre Crossing at 64 mixed-use development, located just off U.S. 64 East in Rocky Mount. The restaurant created 40 full-time jobs, a significant number for an area where the unemployment rate remains high –12.7 percent as of May.
“It is wonderful to bring economic activities, enterprise development, an increased tax base and, especially, jobs to the City of Rocky Mount and Edgecombe County,” said CDC President Joyce Dickens. “The residents of our community are very excited about the opening of this national franchise at the Crossing at 64 development.”
The 15-acre first phase of the development is already drawing additional businesses. Eagles Enterprise signed an offer to purchase land for a convenience store with a gas station, car wash and Dairy Queen and Subway restaurants.
“We look forward to other business enterprises joining Bojangles restaurant at the Crossing at 64 site,” said Paul Joyner, a consultant for the development. “Business recruitment continues to be our top priority.”
The CDC is working to recruit a grocery store, family entertainment, outlet shopping, housing, hotels, restaurants and a medical park. The grocery store is a priority because the development is located in a federally designated “food desert,” meaning there are not enough local opportunities for residents to buy fresh, healthy food.
The Crossing at 64, built on previously vacant farmland, features water, sewer and roads built by the CDC to support development, which will occur in phases.
For more information, contact Dickens at (252) 442-5178 or visit www.rmecdc.org.
The Rocky Mount/Edgecombe CDC receives grant funding from the N.C. Community Development Initiative, which leads North Carolina’s collaborative community economic development effort, driving innovation, investment and action to create prosperous, sustainable communities. For more information, visit www.ncinitiative.org.