The abrupt closure of Hardee’s on Ashville Road a few weeks ago left a bad taste in the mouths of Leeds residents.
But they may soon be salivating over a new restaurant option in Hardee’s place.
Leeds Development Services officials have confirmed a new tenant is coming to 1824 Ashville Road. However, a nondisclosure agreement prevents them from saying who the tenant will be. Officials did say it is a “national brand,” and that they will be ready to share the news with the community with “the next couple of weeks.”
A restaurant chain seems most plausible, based on the accommodations and location. Residents have speculated online about everything from Newk’s to Chicken Salad Chick to Buffalo Wild Wings.
The closure caused some concern about the stability of the main thoroughfare off Interstate 20 and next to a Chick-fil-A. The closure was not due to economic conditions. The eatery closed because a local franchisee with multiple Hardee’s locations in Jefferson and St. Clair counties decided to close all stores he controlled. Stores in Pinson, Springville, Oxford, Heflin and Pell City also closed. Trussville and Clay locations remain open, serving as the closest Hardee’s stores to Leeds.