• BRANDON ROBERTS/Mitchell News-Journal The  building that housed the former Bojangles’ restaurant off Halltown Road in Spruce Pine is under ongoing renovations. A Bojangles’ representative said there are no plans for another restaurant to occupy the building any time soon.

Bojangles’ rep: No restaurant planned for former location

SPRUCE PINE – Social media has been abuzz lately about the imminent future of the former Bojangles’ restaurant building on Halltown Road next to Walmart.

Rumors swirled the building was being prepared for a tenant – chain restaurants such as Long John Silver’s and Zaxby’s have been atop the list – after workers were seen repairing the building and painting its awnings blue.

“That building is under lease by Bojangles’ until July of 2019,” said Jeff Wells, senior director of facilities for Bojangles’ restaurants. “We routinely do property inspections and after doing so at the Spruce Pine location we discovered it needed some repairs.”

The building has been empty since Bojangles’ closed in October of 2010, Wells said. Crews repaired damaged pipes, spots in the roof and performed general cleanup at the property.

“There are no plans to do anything with that building at this time,” Wells said. “Any talk about a tenant coming in or anything along those lines is simply not true. We like our properties to be in a certain condition and we were just getting that one in the shape we like our properties to be in.”

Wells said it was not out of the question that Bojangles’ representatives approach the building’s landlord about getting out of the lease, but if that happened it would not be any time soon.

“We wouldn’t approach the landlord about getting out of the lease until all renovations are complete,” he said. “There is no timeline currently for when those will be completed.”

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