Popeye’s & Arco/AMPM Plan to Build on the Corner of Ayers & Clayton Road

July 26, 2012 22:00 pm · 117 comments

Popeye’s & Arco/AMPM have submitted plans to the City of Concord to build a new restaurant and gas station/store on the corner of Ayers & Clayton.

As you can tell from the plans given to the city, the gas station will be along Clayton Road, and the Popeye’s & AM/PM will be near the back wall of the property, along with the drive-thru for Popeye’s.

Nothing has been finalized, so plans could still fall through, but we’re hearing they’d like to open in 2013.

Popeye’s also has plans to build a restaurant in North Concord, near the Chevron station at Willow Pass & Evora, just off highway-4.

Scoots July 26, 2012 at 10:05 PM

Oh wow! I think I’m having a panic attack! Spicy fried chicken, red beans & rice with a buttery biscuit whenever I want. The coleslaw is good too.

boo hisss July 26, 2012 at 10:07 PM

I’d rather have 7-11 back.

Iggey July 26, 2012 at 10:11 PM

If it means jobs on that vacant lot, then go for it!

Niki July 26, 2012 at 10:11 PM

Oh dear, I know it’s artery clogging horribleness, but the news that Popeye’s is returning to Concord tickles me with joy.

Pleasant Jenny July 26, 2012 at 10:11 PM

Well thank God then that I have two 18 year olds moving out for college. They love that place. Insist we stop there every time we travel. Something in their spices gives me a terrible migraine we have to stop somewhere else just for me.

Oh Crud July 26, 2012 at 10:18 PM

If it’s like the AM PM in Pittsburg look out, you’ll have to run a gauntlet of pan handlers.

still anon July 26, 2012 at 10:21 PM

No! Say it isn’t so!!!!

Love Popeye's! July 26, 2012 at 10:25 PM

So will that make two Popeye’s for Concord? Because up at Willow Pass Rd. and Highway 4 there at the gas station is a banner saying “Popeye’s Coming Soon”

Cowellian July 26, 2012 at 10:26 PM

The 7-11 is gone because the owners burned it down.

And I think I really like Popeye’s chicken, but I guess I need to find out more about the religious beliefs of their owner before I know for sure.

Blah Blah blah July 26, 2012 at 10:27 PM

Barf on the popeyes the only thing on their menu not spicy enough for me to eat is the biscuits.

Overkill July 26, 2012 at 10:27 PM

Isn’t this corridor already saturated with fast food joints? Doesn’t KFC right down the street deliver enough uber greasy, starchy, salt-laden cheap chicken dinners? Sheesh, no wonder we’re all gettin’ so fat.

Kendra July 26, 2012 at 10:29 PM

Does this really meet the definition of “creating jobs?” I guess it does. I was hoping for a different type of business, but I guess beggars can’t be choosers.

livesteam July 26, 2012 at 10:31 PM

Yuck!!!!! Why???

mb July 26, 2012 at 10:33 PM

Darn! I was hoping for Wendy’s

Anon July 26, 2012 at 10:34 PM

Can anyone name a really nice, good restaraunt here in Concord that is not a chain or fast food? I love Luna. No other good restaurant comes to mind. I meet my friends in Walnut Creek all the time. Shame on Concord for letting this town get this way.

Bevis and ButtHead July 26, 2012 at 10:34 PM

“I’m Popeye the Sailor Man, I live in a garbage can, I eat all the worms and spit out the germs, I’m Popeye the Sailor Man..Toot, Toot!”:

matt July 26, 2012 at 10:35 PM

Fantastic…. We need more good business up this way. I’m always stunned that Brentwood and Antioch have so many nice places and Concord has so many run down facades on our retail. Next up, Olive Garden!!!!

Happy One July 26, 2012 at 10:38 PM

More fast food? Yuck! At least it means a few more jobs for the teens.

Sonic Fan July 26, 2012 at 10:39 PM

There goes the neighborhood : )

City Girl July 26, 2012 at 10:40 PM

OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We do NOT need anymore fast food restaurants in this damned city!!!!!!!!!!! We especially do not need anymore on Clayton Road which is already a ghetto.

SMH July 26, 2012 at 10:48 PM

These establishments are breeding grounds for scum. Keep it in north concord!

LorieStories July 26, 2012 at 10:51 PM

Are they Christians? Because then I can’t eat there. (wink Wink nod nod)

Shiloh July 26, 2012 at 11:08 PM

I’m glad something is going in there but I sure wish it wasn’t fast food 🙁 I hope I won’t be able to smell it from my house

Antler July 26, 2012 at 11:15 PM

Just hoping the West Coast franchises are serving country ham biscuits…..YUM!

Pleasant Jenny at #5 ~ ~ ~ I get a slamming headache if I eat Popeye’s chicken as well, and you might want to have a patch test run by your allergist so as to check out this possibility: I went to an allergist about another “possible allergy” symptom. When they ran the slew of patch tests, one injection gave me that same kind of headache almost immediately. It was so bad that they had to give me a shot to counteract the reaction. Turns out I am allergic to black pepper. And Popeye’s chicken batter is LOADED with it.

(My other symptoms were because of an allergy to wild mustard pollen; so when I see a field of it blooming in the distance, I slam the A/C into MAX AIR mode, which closes off the vents and just recirculates inside cooled air.)

Antler July 26, 2012 at 11:18 PM

This is in front of the storage unit building, right? And didn’t there used to be a filling station on that corner once before?

Babs July 26, 2012 at 11:41 PM

right on, now for an Arby’s and best ever Churches chicken. I want a Target in Concord.

Radar July 27, 2012 at 12:36 AM

Antler, there used to be a Chevron station there years ago.

Subterfuge July 27, 2012 at 12:36 AM

More crap food means more crap people which of course means more crime. And minimum wage jobs are not what this community needs. There’re already plenty of poor people. The community needs middle class jobs. NO on fast food! NO on minimum wage positions!

ConcordRunner July 27, 2012 at 1:07 AM

#9 and #22 heaven for bid people stand up for what they think is right. Just keep feeding the machine and being a drone! Do whatever corporate america says we should do. I’m sure you love Wal-Mart also.

RaiderNation July 27, 2012 at 1:34 AM

A sonic DriveIn would be better or a drive thru Panda express

Mr. Bassman July 27, 2012 at 2:01 AM

@ #15

Try Bella, it’s been Great every time I’ve been there. It’s in the same shopping center as Ross, CVS and Guadalahara Grill, which is still pretty good after all these years. Try Bella sometime, it’s by Peets.

Earl July 27, 2012 at 5:38 AM

Totally reminds me of a joke I got last week. Can’t remember exactly how it went though. Had to do with the Churches that were damaged in New Orleans from when Katrina hit. They asked a black lady how it has affect them by not being able to go to any churches. She replied “I don’t know about those other people, but we ain’t been to churches in a long time! We get our chicken from Popeyes”. I was laughing so hard when I read that.

Cy Nical July 27, 2012 at 5:49 AM

I’m all for an Arco at that location, hopefully it will help lower the gas prices at the two stations at Clayton Rd. and Kirker Pass.. Those two stations, along with the one at Pine Hollow and Ygnacio have been among the highest priced in the county and have been gouging consumers for years.

Horse'n Around July 27, 2012 at 6:22 AM

Great another fast food place. That’s just what Concord needs. 🙁

JustMe July 27, 2012 at 6:24 AM

I would have loved to seen 7-11 return, but I guess AM/PM will do, and having another gas station will hopefully bring down the prices they’re charging at Valero and Shell at the bottom of Kirker. They’re higher than Walnut Creek or anywhere for that matter, which is unreal.

Popeyes is meh. I’ve been to the one in Pittsburg a couple of times and never liked it. Reminds me of Swanson’s frozen chicken. Would have rather seen ANY other food place.

chots July 27, 2012 at 6:29 AM

Well that’s definitely not going to help our obesity epidemic.

Anon777 July 27, 2012 at 6:34 AM


Smokey July 27, 2012 at 7:08 AM


WOW July 27, 2012 at 7:08 AM

Finally I hope it goes thru.

Ite Den late July 27, 2012 at 7:33 AM

Oh Hells yeah!!! Can’t wait to bite into that crispy skin with the scalding hot juicy chicken burnin my mouth!!!! UMM UMM GOOD!!
And for all the haters . Stay home and eat yer parsnips BIOTCHES!!

60426 July 27, 2012 at 7:33 AM

The Design Review Board was favorably impressed with this project and its comments were taken favorably by architect — a good sign building will be an attractive addition to Clayton Road.

Also on the nights agenda was a hearing for Autozone, a auto parts store, at 2051 Monument Blvd, just across the street from Orchard Supply Hardware. It will fill in a vacant lot that has been an eyesore for a long time.

Antler July 27, 2012 at 7:49 AM

Radar at #28 ~ ~ ~ Thank you! I seem to remember they were part of the AAA-authorized towing team and did a lot of mechanic work as well?

Egg McMuffin July 27, 2012 at 7:50 AM

Because fried chicken and gasoline just go together…

Tal July 27, 2012 at 8:05 AM

Oh no..I hope this gets turned down. But then again, this is Concord, where anything goes as long as they pay them..ugh…

skippy July 27, 2012 at 8:36 AM

I miss the old Frank Thompson Chevron and 7-11 that used to be there. Back in the early ’70s, Frank always took care of our family cars. My dad trusted him and I always remember going there to have the car tuned up before family vacations. Plus, we used to hit the candy and comic book aisles at 7-11 on our way to or from Ayers’ Elementary. Yes, we actually walked, across the field, Clayton Road and up Ayers.

Terry Kremin July 27, 2012 at 8:42 AM

Hummm – but they blocked In ‘n’ Out because we had too much fast food…

Who owns these (or the property) that they get out of that ‘policy’? Cronyism in action? At least In ‘n’ Out pays better wages, gives benefits, and tries to have more full time positions.

Do They Have Fried Spinach? July 27, 2012 at 8:46 AM

Anti Fast Food Snobs – Please insert your resentful hate speech here_________________________________________________..

George July 27, 2012 at 8:51 AM

Would rather see a Chick-fil-a built there.

hunter July 27, 2012 at 8:54 AM

@subterfuge: “And minimum wage jobs are not what this community needs.” … agreed, but there’s not going to be a light industrial assembly plant on this lot where folks can hone a trade and work their way up to foreman. it’s a 10Ksqft corner lot on a busy street… and it’a lot better than the “dead” storage space behind it which employes less than 1/2 dozen people. the worse part will be the drive-through noise for the most adjacent homes. pick your battles. this is a good move. while it’d be great to have a chevron or valero station, arco is at least california-headquartered (although BP owned).

ffffaaastffffoood July 27, 2012 at 9:00 AM

Have to say that the news of a potential popeyes is TOOO COOOL! When popeyes @ parknshop closed I was bummed. Yeah…Church’s is better, but at least neither give me the stomach upset that KFC does.

It would be nice if Everette and Jones came to Concord. it’s the best most delicious mouthwatering BBQ.

Anon July 27, 2012 at 9:01 AM

Agree with Anon777, ghetto!

Antler July 27, 2012 at 9:39 AM

Terry at #48 ~ ~ ~ Hate to put a damper on your campaign smears, but the lot is far too small for an In-and-Out, which needs parking for “eat in” customers as well.

Jim July 27, 2012 at 9:41 AM

They keep a place like in-n-out from coming in and yet they’ll allow Ghetto Chicken…they didn’t want to remove the “trees” was the official report as they said they needed to re-align the corner of Ygnacio Valley and Park Highlands and that was going to require the removal of the opine trees in the shopping center…do you see any pine trees left at that shopping center?…they were all diseased and needed removing anyway…my quess In-N-Out didn’t pony up enough for the “Police and fireman’s retirement fund”…it’s not about what you know, it’s who you B_ _ _!

Concordian July 27, 2012 at 9:51 AM

about time something was being built there. all you folks clamoring for better restaurants should consider opening your own. you expect others to open restaurants YOU want to go to in places where perhaps YOUR type of restaurant may not do well in… if you think you could do better, then by all means, come up with a plan, get a small business loan, and GO FOR IT.

You know what kind of restaurants business owners open? the kind that is likely to do well in their chosen spot. Popeyes sounds right on the money and I love their chicken and sides compared to KFC. I think these guys may do very well on that corner.

funny man July 27, 2012 at 10:02 AM

what? no circle k?

Jackson Hammer July 27, 2012 at 10:22 AM

Ew, a Popeye’s and an AMPM? Screw that, I’d rather have 7-11 back. Atleast Slurpees are actually delicious. Not to mention the huge crowd that would draw, clogging that spot with traffic.

Egg McMuffin July 27, 2012 at 10:24 AM

Yes, plenty big for a chick fil a.

care for concord July 27, 2012 at 10:30 AM

Popeyes…Really…So when will the name change for Concord go thru and become Vallejo East, or the Gateway to Pittsburg. I have live here all my life and I have watched this town slowly destroy itself. The city council for concord have to be some of the cheapest people. This town has one of the largest populations of Section 8 in the bay area. I know that not all section 8 is ghetto or trashy, but sadly most of those individuals don’t seem to live in this town. When are we going to stop going cheap and really make an effort to actually clean up this city…another quick stop cheap and crappy with a side of greasy and nasty. I agree that this town needs new business’s , but Jesus people, more crappy on top of already crappy is still crap no matter how you look at it. I’m sure people will bad mouth this and comment, but who cares..we all have our opinions. Sadly, the council thinks that their opinions are the only correct ones…They know whats best. I have been to council meetings, voice opinions, made simple suggestions, but just like a 5 year old, they put their fingers in their ears and start yelling so they can’t hear me……You stay trashy Concord..and thats the news

joe July 27, 2012 at 10:31 AM

@Concordian I agree, there is a reason there is no Olive Garden, Companies spend a lot of money deciding what will work and not work in a community. Also beside the “minimum wage” jobs they provide, what about the construction jobs, as well as more jobs for the companies that supply these places. Typical build out for this is going to cost a lot of money and hopefully they will use local companies. Bottom line someone is investing their money in our community. Yes, they are trying to make a buck, but they are investing. If you people want a better quality restaurant than start supporting the few we have.

V July 27, 2012 at 10:33 AM

There used to be a full-service Chevron station there many years ago, with a 7-11 right next door. Are the underground tanks still there or will they have to dig and put new tanks down? While I’m not a huge fan of Popeye’s Chicken, it will be nice to have something on that lot instead of it standing vacant. At least it’s not a Chik-fil-a….. that would get everyone all kinds of fired up!

judaspriest July 27, 2012 at 10:39 AM

Popeye’s accepts food stamps so there you have a perfect fit

Jeeeeezus July 27, 2012 at 11:06 AM

Man so many haters I don’t get why you guys can’t just see this from a positive point of view I’m not the biggest fan of Popeyes either but it means jobs and it covers the eyesore of a vacant lit on the corner and if you are so opinionated about this being a poor choice what is your bright idea what is your big contribution to the neighborhood get over yourself an quit trying to halt progress

Anon July 27, 2012 at 11:08 AM

I have thought the same thing. We have next to nothing in Concord and Brentwood is named with restaurants. As of July 2011, Brentwood had a little over 52,000 citizens, while Concord has over 122,000 (not to mention the populations of the cities on our borders).
The City of Concord should be going out to bring restaurants and other businesess here.

Zoom-Zoom July 27, 2012 at 11:17 AM

I wish there as an El Pollo Loco on the west side of Concord or in PH. Why must I drive my smog exempt truck that gets 9 mpg all the way to Dianda Plaza??? Now I have to go all the way over there for some Popeye’s. Thanks Concord.

Diablo July 27, 2012 at 11:18 AM

I thought they were going to put an Olive Garden there, now my weekend is shot to hell!

still anon July 27, 2012 at 11:22 AM

Wasn’t a paint store supposed to go in there?

Just a Concordian July 27, 2012 at 11:31 AM

Any political issues with this chicken?

Schmidtfamily July 27, 2012 at 11:34 AM

The one on evora is Bay Point, Not North Concord

Jazzguy July 27, 2012 at 11:34 AM

Well it looks like Popeye’s did their homework on this placement-it should serve the local hangout types well. Another fried chicken outlet and another convenience store on Clayton Road. Not exactly health food-what is Michelle Obama going to think?

chas July 27, 2012 at 11:52 AM

Whoa1 There is a 7-11 about 5 blocks away, the paint store is across the street and the lot is too small for an Olive Garden. The lot has been empty for a long time. Whiners, can you say jobs, taxes (for Concord) and construction, plus cheap gas! Panhandlers are a concern, but if you have lived in the area for any time at all: they’ve been here for years. I think Concord PD does a pretty good job of keeping them in check.

Concordian July 27, 2012 at 12:23 PM

All you folks criticizing Popeyes as being Ghetto have serious identity issues. We live in Concord, not Blackhawk and Popeyes is a popular and successful food chain… there’s nothing Ghetto about that.

And for pete’s sake… only ghetto folks use the term ghetto. And if you’ve never walked thru the streets of NYC along the projects… then you hardly know what ghetto really is.

Your trash talking paints a picture of yourself to all the readers. Think a little bit before you start slandering people you’ve already pre-judged. Personally, I think Jesus would love spicy chicken with red beans and rice.

And if Concord isnt too your liking, you should try Lafayette. They would love you “non-ghetto” folks.

Rum Runner July 27, 2012 at 12:30 PM

Ginger beer !?!?!? Did some body say ginger beer!?!?!?!?!

slagheap July 27, 2012 at 12:43 PM

BLECCH!! ghastly, uber-salty, greasy sludge, disguised as food.

3000 calories = 1 pound fat.

Howard K Mullins III July 27, 2012 at 12:58 PM

With the City more apt to chase away any business, I don’t think there is to much to worry about. Reelection treasuries are low and need to be replenished.

I would not eat at Popeye’s but I would purchase at Chick Fil A. I may not eat it but I respect a business that stands up for its values and refuses to bow to the whim of current political hot button topics.

Personally, I don’t believe that any government should have any say in marriage. Its a personal choice and often a religious choice, something the government should have no say in.

Sonic Fan July 27, 2012 at 1:10 PM

-Go to popeyes.com
-type your zip code in the search box
-Carefully observe the locations…

hmmm…………what does it all mean?

I vote for Sonic!

Schmidtfamily July 27, 2012 at 1:47 PM


Totally agree, but I think we are all tired of seeing fast food chains sprout up everywhere, we are Concord we do and should expect better quality everything. There is nothing wrong with wanting real restaurant, cafe, etc. The demographics are there to support good restaurants.

Concord is not ghetto, by any means. I wonder if the people that critize Concord have perfect 10 homes? Every city has room for improvement…including Blackhawk..and most definitely Lafayette…

If you don’t like something go to the council meetings and write a letter, or don’t eat there. They give you time to speak in real time, but no instead you people complain online

Years ago my neighborhood picketed then Holbrook Plaza….We expected more that what they gave us and we complained to the city but better yet we complained as a group of neighborhoods, to the owners of the property.

Now we have Olivera Crossing, with a great well runned Starbucks, Hanabi Sushi, Roundtable, Los Pinos, great haircut place,drycleaning place, Tuti fruiti yogurt, remodeled taco bell , new nice Burger king and Fresh and Easy coming soon. 1000 times better than before and getting better everyday. (unfortunately we lost ace, but we are glad for Fresh and Easy)

So get off your butt, find out the owner of the property and the city of Concord and let them know how you feel. Don’t’ settle for mediocre, this is Concord after we can expect far better than that.

Sonic Fan #77 July 27, 2012 at 1:47 PM

OMG! It means that if they put on in Richmond, one it Hercules and one in Martinez, then we will be surrounded by Popeye’s! No way out!!!!!

I agree, bring on a Sonic!

Frank July 27, 2012 at 2:54 PM

Oh, hot diggity-damn!!

MORE litter up & down Clayton Road & Ayers.

Do ANY of these places pony up for litter patrol in the surrounding area?

JRConcord July 27, 2012 at 3:08 PM

Dammit I wanted a Cornsnake BBQ-Stripper Hut ……sssssssssssssss

Just a Concordian #69 July 27, 2012 at 3:18 PM

No political issues but I heard the owner likes Hot chickens, or was it he likes his chickens Hot, or was it he just likes chickens…….oh never mind.

jtkatec July 27, 2012 at 4:02 PM

Cornsnakes stripping? That’s just wrong.

warbirds45 July 27, 2012 at 4:09 PM

Thompson’s Chevron,was on that corner. They had the big 10 wheel, blue and white tow truck. Mr. Thompson was from the old school, he was a good man.

anon July 27, 2012 at 5:14 PM

back in the days, there was a hitching post for horses at the 7-11, late 70’s early 80’s. I remember Frank from the gas station and the owner of 7-11 Bob (who died a few years back from cancer). the gas station was torn down 7-11 caught fire and for the past years the lot has been vacant. Not happy to hear Popeye’s is moving in. Kinders would be my vote!

@Concordian July 27, 2012 at 6:43 PM

It’s funny, the first thing my 20-something daughter said when I mentioned the Popeye’s story was, “Eww, ghetto!” I don’t know how old you are, but you need an update about how the term is used.

“Ghetto” is not limited to describing dilapidated neighborhoods or housing projects. The thug culture has given it a much broader cultural meaning, e.g. people can “talk ghetto,” “look ghetto,” or “act ghetto.” White, middle-class suburban kids trying to be cool and flash gang signs they saw in a music video can be put down as, “Tryin’ to act all ghetto.”

You say only ghetto people use the term ghetto. I guess you don’t hang around suburban kids? I hear it a lot and these are kids that grew up in Clayton Valley, but the word is part of their culture.

The fact is, Popeye’s is associated with areas where the thug culture thrives. That goes back to my daughter’s comment. Just do a Bay Area search to see where they’ve located. International Blvd. in Oakland – ground zero for gang bangers. San Pablo Ave., Berkeley; 9th Street, Oakland; Leland Rd, Pittsburg.

That being said, we don’t need yet another seller of cheap, greasy, oversalted filler food. Call me a food snob, but I’m proud my ass isn’t so big it has its own zip code and I’m healthy as a horse (no meds, not overweight, active). It’s not beng a food snob to take care of yourself. I’m not a fanatic and will have fast food occasionally, but Clayton Road is overkill.

Cowellian July 27, 2012 at 8:15 PM

I love how so many people have grand ideas of what businesses should go in, totally ignoring the fact that the lot has sat empty for years. It’s not like there was a bidding war for the location. The harsh reality is that no one else is showing any interest in developing the site. Maybe Subterfuge could spend a few dollars buy-out Arco/Popeye’s and create a business that will provide real middle-class incomes in the community.

Or maybe not.

Feckin Irish Mouse July 27, 2012 at 8:23 PM

@ Care for Concord #58 – I agree with everything you said. I too go to council and make suggestions and get “excuses”. There is soooo much that could be done with Concord. But allowing more “chain” food is a quick,down & dirty way to bring in business. What Concord should do is bulldoze the blite know as the Monument Corridor and build an upscale outlet mall just like the new one in Livermore………..but nooooooooooo….we need to provide massive amounts of Section 8 housing, a place for day laborers to loiter and pee on the sidewalks and make sure there is plenty of fast food for all.

Monument Mike July 27, 2012 at 8:41 PM

Great, another place for tweeks, and baggy pants thugs to congregate!!! CPD ought to biuld a sub station on the corner!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

Concord Native July 27, 2012 at 10:26 PM

Have you tried to open a business in the city of Concord?

Honey Badger July 27, 2012 at 11:26 PM

#84 That is the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard. There are Mc Donalds, Jack in the Box, Boston Market & KFC restaurants next to or near all those locations you mentioned. Are they all “Ghetto” too? Maybe you are just equating fried chicken to black folks? You are pretty easy to figure out.

Antler July 28, 2012 at 2:22 AM

Honey Badger at #89 ~ ~ ~ Just so you’ll know I was really paying attention to your post….. I was VERY excited when I read “Boston Market” in your list, but unfortunately the closest one near us is in Pleasant Hill on the Monument Boulevard end of town. There is Pollo Loco, however, in Dianda Shopping Center (think Ace Hardware and FoodMaxx)! YUM!

Babs July 28, 2012 at 4:03 AM

so, sick of all the ghetto talk about Concord, you people must not get out much or read a real newspaper …if you don’t like it go live in Oakland or SF. Maybe it is time to move your butts out. Do you realize companies put businesses in neighborhood based on the surrounding education level and income. How about talking about some great places I love that we have a Beverly’s and a Joann Fabric. I love Min’s. I like the donut place on Clayton. I like the book store and Kaspers. I like that we have a Big Lots. We have great parks. We have some great places for kids to take classes in dance, etc. We have a skate park. We have every level of pizza you can think of…clheap to expensive. We have some great looking houses and neighborhoods. We have a really cool health store near Costco….shoot we have a Costco. The only wish I have is for a Target.

We need a positive thread, please!!!

crazytech58 July 28, 2012 at 10:15 AM

@66, The paint store is planned to go the next corner up, the empty lot where alberta meets clayton road, and as a resident very close to this location, I too feel the number of homeless / panhandlers and also the litter problem will be the biggest peeve, the litter in my back yard has gone way down since 7-11 closed.

Terry Kremin July 28, 2012 at 11:08 AM

I actually like Popeye’s chicken over KFC (guess I’m ghetto), so I am not complaining about that part.

My point was regarding how the choices get made of who gets to build fast food and who doesn’t.

If there is too much fast food, then none should get approved, or there is room for more fast food, and those that want to open here should be allowed to. And so if there wasn’t an AM/PM there would be plenty of indoor seating. And In’n’Outs are too busy is another comlaint – so if you are a busy fast food (that therefore brings in more tax revenue) we don’t you.

It makes no sense and is definitely not logical. That ain’t campaign rhetoric, it is simple reasoning.

Terry Kremin July 28, 2012 at 11:17 AM

And. as usual, the City Council, by allowing one fast food while denying another for the reason of too much fast food, has open the city up to a law suit. In’n’Out now has grounds to sue for having been singled out and not allowed to build while another fast food WAS allowed to build.

crazytech58 July 28, 2012 at 4:02 PM

This corner lot is way too small for an In-n Out, as much as I’d like to see one here at this end of town….. look at how much traffic goes through ANY In-n-Out, you need a parking lot twice the size of this lot to manage the string of cars.

Aug. Lady July 28, 2012 at 5:04 PM

I went to a Popeye’s, It took five people to get my order for me, because know one spoke English, then when I got home I still didn’t have what I had ordered

yummy yum yum July 28, 2012 at 5:28 PM

Every time I go to Richmond I stop in at the Popeyes for some Jambalaya and chicken. Their busquits are amazing…very buttery. We may have KFC and pollo loco but this place has a more southern flavor. Im not even a southerner!!

I’d drive there from Monument at least twice a month for some chicken!!

yummy yum yum July 28, 2012 at 5:34 PM

YOU ARE SO RIGHT.. we need to see the positives of what we have here in Concord, but people tend to see or want to squak about the negatives more so than the positives. I was born in SF, have worked in Oakland, lived in Richmond and find it extremely slower paced here that when I see one or two homeless I get to see who they are and whats going on. In SF they seem to be all over the place. I am glad to now be part of Concord since 1986.

yummy yum yum July 28, 2012 at 5:43 PM

@Concordian post #84.
I feel that what you are really trying ot say (or your mature enough daughter whom should be able to speak clearly) are saying is that POPEYES is related to lower income areas and areas where people dont care for themselves because they prefer to eat fast foods.

WHY OH WHY is someone that doesnt like fast food even care then whats going into the neighborhood? Worried “THOSE” kinds of people will move into your area? How about suggesting or maybe opening up a healthy choice of fast/medium speed food for people to get. You say you eat that stuff now and then so you know they have healthier choices.

The snobbery shocks me (just the tiniest bit).
Do more research. Popeyes is not just in POOR areas. they are in areas where people prefer the southern taste. and its not as greasy as you might think…maybe to a well refined, no fat eating person it can be greasy though.

Cuppa Coffee July 28, 2012 at 7:07 PM

Terry Kremin @ #94,

That’s a really stupid comment because this site is not nearly big enough for an In-n-Out restaurant with all the required parking. I surely hope you never get elected to the Concord City Council.

Jay 'Chef' Hicks July 28, 2012 at 7:31 PM

When I was in Honolulu last week I counted 4 Popeye’s restaurants. Ghetto my ass! Food was just as good at the San Pablo Dam Rd. location as it was at the Kalakaua Ave location. Clean restaurants, polite & efficient staff.

Cowellian July 28, 2012 at 7:53 PM

know one spoke English?

There seems to be a lot of that going around.

Clayho July 28, 2012 at 8:27 PM

Um, sonic said it. Let’s get to the point. Why is Concord so full of poor folks? Is it because there are a lot of folks without college degrees that are unemployed from the construction industry bust? It seems like everyone and their mother either works in construction, real estate, mortgages, or something related. We need to stop hyperventilating about selling people things and diversify.

Rooster Head July 28, 2012 at 9:38 PM

@ Cuppa Coffee #100

Terry Kremin @ #94, never said In-N-Out was looking to build at this particular location.

my experience July 28, 2012 at 10:44 PM

Oh great another crappy place to eat in Concord. 🙁 I feel like Concord is just getting more ghetto.

Grewah July 28, 2012 at 11:21 PM

OMG!!!!! YES!!! Popeyes, Popeyes, Popeyes. I love the chicken and more the red bean and rice. I hate going to downtown Oakland or Vacaville to get my fix.

Grewah July 28, 2012 at 11:25 PM

Plus I like there food much more than the sainted Olive Garden. Carp American/Italian food.
How many of the people responding here have ever went past this corner. Talk about urban blight. Lets get something in there worthwhile

Sounds good, depends July 29, 2012 at 7:17 PM

Gas station yes, AM/PM yes, but why fast food???? Put in another starbucks drive thru, or panera drive thru, something that isn’t so ghetto! They are going to redo Mcdoald’s too, ugg get rid of it. Homeless like it there. We need more family restaurants down clayton road.

Fat Little Wendy July 29, 2012 at 9:35 PM

Ghetto! Ghetto, Ghettodi Ghetto!! Ghetto….. buzz word……….. GHETTO!

Sherry July 30, 2012 at 12:47 PM

My concern about this is that crime on Clayton Rd by McDonalds, Nations, IHop, and other restuarants is getting worse and worse. Someone even smassed a car’s windows to steal a wheelchair at 2 in the afternoon a few weeks back. Before that, peope were vandalizing cars at La Tapatia resulting in helicopter searches. We personally have had encounters with homeless who were drunk trying to go to Ihop. More fast food and not enough done to control crime will just dram more trouble over here. I feel sorry for the existing restuarants as the crime and homeless are driving customers away already. Don’t need more of same.

Sherry July 30, 2012 at 1:17 PM

Smassed should be smashed; dram should be draw.

Concord Mom July 30, 2012 at 1:39 PM

Why not Chick-Filet? At least their chicken tastes good, nearest one is in Fairfiled. We already have KFC. I don’t care about their political viewpoints. I despise when politics gets involved with my lunch.

@Honey Badger July 31, 2012 at 1:10 AM

I could care less about the racial demographics of the Popeye’s locations. If you want to project your personal hangups into my comments, that’s your problem.

Just look at a map of the Bay Area Popeye’s restaurants – none of them are areas I spend much time in.


@yummy yum yum #99 – I’m proud to call myself a food snob if it means someone who cares enough about their body to not eat fast food on a regular basis. Do me a favor and rent Morgan Spurlock’s “Supersize Me,” and see what a 30-day McDonald’s diet did to his body, besides packing 20 pounds on him. Then rent Fast Food Nation. I’m not a food snob, I’m just educated and not one of the sheeple who eat fast food without thinking of the long-term effects.

Honey Badger July 31, 2012 at 7:29 AM

“Just look at a map of the Bay Area Popeye’s restaurants – none of them are areas I spend much time in”

Well excuuuuuuse me! and pass the Grey Poupon.

Scoots July 31, 2012 at 7:37 AM

#113…….Funny how that website posted “Urban Spoon” only shows Popeye’s locations in urban areas. No mention of all the locations east of interstate 680. So what was that definition of ghetto again?

hj August 1, 2012 at 9:37 PM

I guess it’s better than an empty lot. As someone else said, beggars can’t be choosers. Would prefer something that doesn’t attract late night losers but not sure what else one might build on a corner such as that.

@hj August 2, 2012 at 4:23 AM

Desperation calls for desperate measures. But I am sure this was well thought out. You have to have the right the right business in the right place to have certain clientele. But, in that location–I believe it will do very well.

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