Construction Begins on Popeye’s Chicken, Arco AM/PM at Clayton & Ayers in Concord

February 7, 2014 13:30 pm · 83 comments



The construction of a new Popeye’s Chicken and Arco AM/PM gas station is underway at the corner of Clayton Rd. & Ayers Rd. in Concord.

As we first reported a few months ago, the gas pumps 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.

This land used to be occupied by a Chevron gas station and a 7-Eleven convenience store, but the property has been vacant for over 10 years.

Thanks to Gene for the picture of the construction.

Carondelet Grad February 7, 2014 at 1:34 PM

I LOVE Popeye’s chicken. Can’t wait! 🙂

Well... February 7, 2014 at 1:38 PM

That corner is going to be a mess. Good thing I don’t shop on Clayton Rd.

The4th Bore February 7, 2014 at 1:48 PM

Better than dirt I say! While the gas station isn’t needed there (too close to residential and storage), the Popeyes will do well competing with all the other fine establishments in the Clayton fast food corridor. Hope ya like Chikn!

Terri February 7, 2014 at 1:52 PM

Awesome, can’t wait!! And Clayton Road is already a mess, this will barely register.

Anon777 February 7, 2014 at 1:56 PM


Concord Mom February 7, 2014 at 1:56 PM

Oh swell. More fast food…….

Me February 7, 2014 at 2:03 PM

Can’t we start trying to make that road a little classier? We really need more fast food in the area? That really bothers me. Call me stuck up–’cause I am.

Sarah February 7, 2014 at 2:12 PM

Forget Popeye’s! What happened to Long John Silver’s?

iluvfriedchicken February 7, 2014 at 2:13 PM

AWESOME! Finally Popeye’s returns. Can’t wait for some fried chicken:)

Mrs. T February 7, 2014 at 2:19 PM

Great! Clayton rd. is a mess usually anyway. I agree with Terri this will not change a thing. You are darn right its swell Concord Mom, I love chicken 🙂 hey but you can always picket outside the construction zone your disapproval if ya want I’m sure a lot of people (nobody at all) will join you!!

anonymous February 7, 2014 at 2:25 PM

How does Popeye’s compare with KFC?

JET February 7, 2014 at 2:26 PM

I miss the old 7-11 that was there…. used to stop there on my way to work every morning.

JET February 7, 2014 at 2:28 PM

Duh – my bad, somehow i missed that there will be a new AM/PM there (yay!). But I still liked the old 7-11 back in the day…..

anon February 7, 2014 at 2:31 PM

Whatever happened to the old 7-11?

Silva February 7, 2014 at 2:38 PM

I can hardly wait. Gross.

mutts February 7, 2014 at 2:40 PM

Should Ave been In and Out burgers.

Average Claycordian February 7, 2014 at 2:49 PM

…..and the fat get fatter.

Marty McFLy February 7, 2014 at 2:50 PM

I thought they’d add in a “Cigarettes Cheaper” & a Marijuana Dispensary w/in the building

BCuzItzClaycord February 7, 2014 at 3:02 PM

Anon2you #17 – giggle…giggle……giggle……..

I don’t like fast food so I will not eat there…….for those that like it…fine. To each their own

anon February 7, 2014 at 3:14 PM


Jackson Hammer February 7, 2014 at 3:21 PM

As a resident of that corner, I can’t wait to see the spike in car break ins and burglaries once it becomes a trash hang out spot.

Pass February 7, 2014 at 3:25 PM

AM/PM gas station in Pittsburg is on way to work panhandling got so bad stopped going there.

the other jj February 7, 2014 at 3:29 PM


J. February 7, 2014 at 3:42 PM

Will it have an Olive Oyl’s too?

Clayton Pete February 7, 2014 at 3:44 PM

These stores will attract more undesirables to that area. Not good.
Just another flush in the toilet that Concord is rapidly becoming.
This space could have been used in so many better ways… better businesses..
Oh well, laws of economics.

JRConcord February 7, 2014 at 4:09 PM

It is better that kfc .Not as good as my Romano, parmesan, garlic, home made fried chicken

anonymous here February 7, 2014 at 4:12 PM

I live right by here and I am not looking forward to the constant greasy smell, or the extra crime that it will bring. The neighbor hood right behind there has had a lot of break ins. Fun times. Wish it was something a little classier.

Walnut Creek Resident February 7, 2014 at 4:13 PM

I cannot wait to try this chicken!! I do not understand why it is wrong to celebrate Black holidays with their food? I was I invited to a black coworker of mine to church and after church lunch in Richmond.. They had collard greens, corn bread, fried chicken great big pies, the most food at any table have ever seen! It is their food, their people, it was their black holy roller church and I had a great time. I had an eye opening experience. Was great. So yea for the new fast food restaurant!!!

Back in the day February 7, 2014 at 4:30 PM

I used to live within walking distance of that
7-11, it was ” filthy”,always. I never went in
there, I always drove down to the one closer
to downtown for coffee. And the guys that ran
the tow at that station were tweakers, hope
it’s changed up there .

Native February 7, 2014 at 4:33 PM

A Wendy’s would have been preferred…Got to drive 40 minutes round trip for my baconator.

Yes anon too February 7, 2014 at 4:55 PM

Popeye’s is spicy chicken. No more having to drive all the way to Dublin to pick some up.

franchizemcoy February 7, 2014 at 5:11 PM


grewah February 7, 2014 at 5:27 PM

YAY Red beans and rice. (And maybe a piece of chicken). Lets see how long this location lasts once K-Mart shuts down across the street.

Silva February 7, 2014 at 5:55 PM

@Walnut Creek Resident; don’t expect Popeye’s Chicken to hold a candle to what you ate at your friends house!

Is K-Mart closing?

Peanut Gallery February 7, 2014 at 6:17 PM

Really??? Fat America

rundog February 7, 2014 at 6:20 PM

I only eat chicken at Chick-Fil-A

BLECCCCHHHHH !!!!! February 7, 2014 at 6:39 PM

An Olive Garden would have actually been better.

concord resident February 7, 2014 at 6:40 PM

I’m glad I’m gluten free.

who? February 7, 2014 at 7:56 PM

Jesus Christ like Whaaaa!!!
JESUS SAVES how much do yall Love Jesus???
Please leave a comment…

anon February 7, 2014 at 8:46 PM

There goes the neighborhood.

Dr. Jellyfinger® February 7, 2014 at 8:50 PM

You people are ridiculous! Popeye’s is very high quality (better than KFC in my humble opinion). Chicken is offered spicy or mild (always crisp & delicious). The coleslaw is good but the red beans & rice is fantastic. Biscuits always have a drop of butter & salt on top…. nom.

I have no idea why they named the chain “Popeye’s” though, which I think is an unattractive name for the business, but if you give it a try before condemning it you may be surprised.

I suspect most of the Negative Nancy comments are coming from rival businesses in the area. Good! Competition benefits the consumer.

This has taken so long…..I had given up hope & thought they were not going to build, but now….. I’m so, so happy… I just felt a tear run down my cheek.

anon February 7, 2014 at 9:00 PM

ah, oh after reading comments about this, just to clarify post at 48 was in reference to way too much traffic, at late hours, the foreseeable mess at that intersection. and the type of people that go to am pm late at night usually arent the family type or on their way to church. i lived across a two lane road from an open all night gas station. nothing but trouble. especially around 2 am on the w/e people getting out of bars and hanging out and then there was the shooting and the guy hopping the fence and breaking the window to my neighbors house to get away from the guy w/ the gun. way too many serious problems

furian February 7, 2014 at 9:04 PM

Could be worse, could be Church’s Chicken.

Silva February 7, 2014 at 9:46 PM

Yeah, I’m probably jaded by the fact that I no longer eat out. It’s all crap to me. I’m glad if it’s better than KFC. I’ve eaten that crap before.

BagsFlyFree February 7, 2014 at 10:27 PM

For those craving a more authentic fried chicken and southern experience, NOLA on Willow Pass has it all. Give them a shot and support your local non chain businesses.

BFF Out!

Winn February 7, 2014 at 10:28 PM

Oh that was good, churches…lol.
I love Popeyes!

Antler February 7, 2014 at 10:47 PM

For my taste, they use far too much black pepper in the batter. But if they were to serve their authentic country ham biscuits, I would be elated!

Mrs. T February 7, 2014 at 11:11 PM

BFF I was born and raised in the south and have lived here for 3 years. We tried
NOLA and I was excited to finally find a place that was more my taste. Well I was VERY disappointed. It was not good at all. And I am not bashing at all maybe that is the way people not from the south like there food but it definitely is not Mommas cooking. They could use a few of my secrets for great southern food.

BCuzItzClaycord February 7, 2014 at 11:44 PM

Mrs T – try Stella’s Soul Kitchen in Antioch…I think it might be more to your liking……

Laura Zah February 8, 2014 at 12:14 AM

#27 What drama…. Like an empty, dusty dirt lot is preferable to new construction in the business zone. Somebody call the Sierra Club! Oh no… the wrong kind of people are loitering now! Better go hide under your bed.
Why don’t you adopt Sippi to protect you?

dinkydau February 8, 2014 at 6:40 AM

Finally! The closest Popeyes is in Pittsburg. I like their Cajun red red beans and rice. The chicken is crispy and different than the crispy KFC. They shoulda put Popeyes where Krispy Kreme is near the Willows. The Donut shop is really doing a landslide business. Ha Ha!!

Cat February 8, 2014 at 8:22 AM

Forget the dog. Adopt ME!

itsme February 8, 2014 at 10:17 AM

Why doesn’t Concord get some nice decent real restaurants out this way?

@itsme #53 February 8, 2014 at 11:27 AM

‘Cause we’re all low rent red-neck slack jaw yokels, aparantly.

@#45 February 8, 2014 at 12:48 PM

I agree. A Church’s would have signified the final step in Concord becoming Oakland.

ThatGirl February 8, 2014 at 1:26 PM

The last thing we need is more fast food. Dang it it was hoping for a convenient store!

Shelly February 8, 2014 at 2:19 PM

I’d much rather eat Church’s than KFC.

Fritzhugh Ludlow February 8, 2014 at 3:02 PM

@ Claycord….Please announce the Day of the Grand Opening.

furian February 8, 2014 at 7:00 PM

Too bad it’s not Pioneer Chicken, that was the bees knees!

concordian February 8, 2014 at 7:08 PM

I live in the area. That space is kind of small… not sure you can fit that in…

Dr. Jellyfinger® February 8, 2014 at 7:16 PM

Church’s Chicken is overpriced garbage.

mika February 8, 2014 at 8:22 PM

Went to Nola’s once. Ordered several items, all were staggered with delivery, the chicken arriving after all the rest of our entrees HD been eaten. Maybe they have gotten there stuff together since?

Krystle February 8, 2014 at 10:24 PM

Oh yea Popeyes the bomb love love this place.

Dolly February 8, 2014 at 11:04 PM

All this over a Popeye’s and he preferred spinach out of a can.

I prefer Kenny Rogers… now that’s good chicken.

Cowellian February 9, 2014 at 6:52 AM

The area looks kind of small, but it used to have an Exxon station, a 7-11 store and that little kiosk that sold pagers.

h2o February 9, 2014 at 8:21 AM

Chick Fil A is thee most boring tasteless chicken I’ve aver had. Cafeteria food had more flavor! I had the broiled chicken Sammy with fries and a soda, had a gift card, so it was free, and it still tasted bland. I can’t believe people wait in line for this crap! Popeye will be some food with flavor!

AlwaysL8 February 9, 2014 at 8:35 AM

I bet the residents of Terry Lynn Lane are in love with the idea, but it does beat a vacant lot. They’ll have to adjust the light there as it is a REALLY long light, and school hours Alberta gets really backed up… but those aren’t usually the busy times for fast food. I won’t eat there, gave up fast food a while back, but it is nice to see businesses WANT to move into the area.

Home boy February 9, 2014 at 8:45 AM

KFC, Church’s, Popeyes
It’s all nasty grease pit food that will continue to help the spike in obesity and health issues. Good thing all you liberal idiots have your “free” healthcare from your all mighty savior Obama bin laden.
It will absolutely attract an unfavorable crowd as well as the am/pm tweeker patrons. What a joke! Good job Concord.
What’s next for Clayton rd? A homeless shelter and methadone clinic?
Another nail in the coffin. Discouraging

Victor Wooten February 9, 2014 at 11:04 AM

I’m not crazy about fast food, but to each his own. What gets at me is usually these places are built by non-unioners. Way to go Concord, thanks for the labor friendly help and to further erode the local working class. Trash it up!

Grand Mal February 9, 2014 at 11:05 AM

Well! Aren’t YOU one great big bundle of joy this morning!

nytemuvr February 9, 2014 at 11:46 AM

Chicken Delight was the best, they delivered on Meadow Lane across the street from the bowling ally…..meds kicking in, flashing back again. “Don’t cook tonight, call Chicken Delight”.

Shelly February 9, 2014 at 2:31 PM

What’s wrong with a vacant lot? Bloody few of them left.

JustMe February 9, 2014 at 2:59 PM

I used to frequent the gas station and 7-eleven there all the time, so a gas/market is a good thing. If it’s cheaper than the ultra high Valero down the street, that’s an even better thing.

Not sure about the Popeye’s chicken though. It’s the worst chicken I’ve ever had.

Elwood February 9, 2014 at 9:18 PM

Try the combination plate:

Feigned righteous indignation with faux outrage and much ado about nothing.

Mrs Avila February 10, 2014 at 7:23 AM

It’s about time concor starts developing on all empty lots,they look ghetto being empty. We need more new restaurants

Walnut Creek Resident February 10, 2014 at 8:45 AM

#34 Oh my I would be disappointed When I think about that you probably
100 percent right on!! Another loss.

jb February 12, 2014 at 8:40 AM

I cannot wait for the popeyes chicken to open…when will the opening date we know yet…. I am all for lower gas prices…whats this about the K-Mart closing down…we already lost one in this store closing?
I like to shop at K-Mart…where is the nearest K-Mart is this closes…antioch.

rwc February 14, 2014 at 8:25 AM

I’ve been waiting for something decent to be built here for a long time. WHAT A HUGE DISAPPOINTMENT! If people around here want Popeye’s chicken, let them take the bus to Park n’ Shop or Pittsburg! Shame on the City of Concord for allowing more undesireable elements to be attracted to this part of town! We have enough “fa(s)t food” joints around here without having a fast food joint that is demographically is huge misfit for this part of town!
I want to be proud of Concord, but allowing this?! It’s time to think about moving to a city that respects its residents.
Time to toss my vittles!

Laura Zah February 14, 2014 at 9:33 AM

RWC what did you expect, Vic Stewart’s? Get real & quit whining. Besides, “undesireable elements” are attracted to liquor stores not fast food restaurants. They use food stamps to buy food & spend their begged money on booze & drugs…. not on fried chicken. Gawd some of you folks are sooo stupid! I hope K-Mart closes & they replace it with an *In & Out*!

Christine Bell February 19, 2014 at 9:08 PM

Not looking forward to this just 5 houses away from the home we bought a year ago. So “down-market.” And what will it smell like? Grease and gasoline?

Dr. Jellyfinger® February 19, 2014 at 10:55 PM

Christine, the gas station may smell like grease & gasoline, but the restaurant will smell like crispy fried chicken, fresh baked biscuits & delightful Cajun spices. You Lucky Lady!

YummyOINK February 20, 2014 at 7:09 AM

Love Popeye’s Chicken. I was sad when it moved out of Four Corners all those years ago.

Can't wait! February 20, 2014 at 8:38 AM

rice and beans! I love Church’s, too. Both are better than KFC. I would love to try a fast food fish place as well. If you want Concord to be more like WC, suggest you move there and spend more money on everything!

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