Popeyes, Arco AM/PM on Clayton Rd. in Concord Set to Open by Summer

April 22, 2014 10:30 am · 67 comments


Construction on the new Popeyes Chicken & Arco AM/PM gas station on Clayton Rd. at Ayers Rd. in Concord is moving right along and on schedule.

The owners would like to be in business by summer, so expect the speedy construction to continue throughout the next few weeks.

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

Dorothy April 22, 2014 at 11:12 AM

I’ve heard that a new Hobby Lobby in Concord that will open on May 16th, I just don’t know where. Don’t think it will near the new Popeye’s.

MrDuckyWucky April 22, 2014 at 11:15 AM

Im sure certain elements within our city are thrilled at this development. Said another way, just another step closer to the ghettoization of concord.

mutts April 22, 2014 at 11:20 AM

MrDuckyWucky is spot on. Too bad for us.

Girl w/ dogs April 22, 2014 at 11:21 AM

Eeeesh, way to class up the neighborhood, Concord.

Just FYI April 22, 2014 at 11:21 AM

The Hobby Lobby is going in at the former Sport Chalet next to Guitar Center (at Diamond Blvd and Willow Pass Rd).

Cuzzzzzzzzzzzzz April 22, 2014 at 11:30 AM

Hooby Lobby is going in the old Tower Recosrd spot on Willow Pass.

As for Popeyes……………yuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuck. More crappy greasy fried fast food for the masses. Yep DuckyWucky is spot on with his observation.

firgirl April 22, 2014 at 11:36 AM

Great, just what we need another fast food joint serving a bucket of fat. Needless to say the fine citizens who will be driving over the hill to grab a wing and a breast.

buzzed April 22, 2014 at 11:36 AM

I’m thrilled, I get greasy fried food with my wine.

Anon April 22, 2014 at 11:40 AM

I grew up in an apartment near there. have since moved out, but my mom still lives there and I went to visit her last weekend. so weird driving by there and not seeing an empty lot!

Anon777 April 22, 2014 at 11:43 AM

I won’t patronize either… Popeye’s sounds disgusting and Hobby Lobby is a bunch of frickin’ hypocrites.

Mark April 22, 2014 at 11:57 AM

What business goes in where has to do with the demographics of the town.

So people like MrDuckyWucky and Cuzzzzzzzzzz are a class act?

@DuckyWucky April 22, 2014 at 11:59 AM

Are you for real? I feel very sorry for you if that’s how you really feel.

Jackson Hammer April 22, 2014 at 12:17 PM

I’d rather have a Wendy’s. Having to go to monument sucks. Also, as a resident near that corner, I’m so thrilled to be inviting trash into our area by having this nasty Popeyes. I wonder how many car break ins and burglaries well have once this place opens.

Disappointed April 22, 2014 at 12:19 PM

Wish they would have built an Arby’s instead of Popeye’s. There is plenty of fried along that road, and Arby’s has tasty lean meat sandwiches.

Krystle April 22, 2014 at 12:21 PM

Popeyes is so so good better chicken then KFC.

Freedom of choice April 22, 2014 at 12:29 PM

Yo can see the class already from the graffiti on the Popeyes sign. The trash can’t wait to get in. It’s a shame that it’s going to attract filth in that area.

Fast Food April 22, 2014 at 12:31 PM

don’t eat that stuff, it’ll kill you.

Triple Canopy April 22, 2014 at 12:37 PM

That’s Louisiana fast!!

Hilbers can build an entire building and do the site improvements while the State’s contractor for the DMV remodel will languish along.

For you naysayers, you should be happy that an entrepeneur in the private sector is investing capital (money) into your community. This is a good thing… or would you rather be in some jackhole of a city like Stockton where government mismanagement led to bankruptcy and the private sector is tepid or unwilling to improve their establishments.

This development creates entry level jobs and that too is a good thing. Or would you rather have these folks idle at home, or on the streets, and unproductive members contributing to the economic health of the city?

funny man April 22, 2014 at 12:38 PM

but when are gunna git a long john silver!

@Fredom #17 April 22, 2014 at 12:48 PM

Don’t like it? Leave

What security April 22, 2014 at 12:51 PM

What we need a is a restaurant call The Plant Cafe
Excellent healthy good tasting menu priced well.


Cowellian April 22, 2014 at 12:57 PM

I wonder why The Plant Cafe hasn’t offered to spend money to build in Concord?

@ 21 silly guy April 22, 2014 at 1:18 PM

Where should we go?

Nuttsie the Nutter April 22, 2014 at 1:20 PM

Not sue about Popeye’s but we ate at Lazy Dog the other day and we were very impressed. Good menu and very attentive staff. Too bad the crowd from Hobby Lobby will be eating there. Maybe we should start a gay lunch club to keep out the riff-raff.

Old Guy April 22, 2014 at 1:24 PM

For several years I have tried to get some of our elected city council members to consider a city ordinance to limit hours of operation at drive through restaurants in the city . . .especially those on Clayton Road near residential housing units. Currently several are open 24 hours – not needed in my opinion – and the Taco Bell is open until 3AM, Again, I’m looking at the number of customers during those hours and I don’t see how the overhead is paid during the hours after midnight. Now, I bet you see the Popeye’s added to the list of extended hours of operation.

Unfortunately I have not been successful with getting any councilman to even consider such a ordinance.

Now, my next city official is going to be the City Manager.

I live in the 3 story Senior Apartments on Melody Drive, but I face Clayton Road, right behind the Taco Bell. The noise we have to put up with from taco Bell customers is considerable . . . noise, exhaust and dirt. All at a cost to us of intermittent interrupted sleep.

What security April 22, 2014 at 1:26 PM

Not sure but it’s really tasty and healthy.
Probably can’t compete, with Taco Bell, KFC, McD, A&W, Popeyes, BK, and all that other fake food. I admit I’ve been to all of them.
I just had a thougth… I can open something similar feed people who want to eat healthy. Start small see how it goes Maybe star with a food cart test the market.

MrDuckyWucky April 22, 2014 at 1:35 PM

now, lets add a check cashing business, pawn shop or two and a tattoo parlor. Dont forget some liquor stores. Then throw in a few more section 8 renters and VIOLA! Our dreams of ghettoization will be realized!!!

MrDuckyWucky April 22, 2014 at 1:46 PM

can we change Clayton Rd to MLK Blvd?

Ya, sure... April 22, 2014 at 2:04 PM

Twenty years ago I lived not two hundred ft.
from that corner with my wife and kids.
It was a bad neighborhood then, so you are wrong
about Popeyes ruining the neighbor hood.
And most of you whined when in n out opened
in P.Hill. You are all a collection of bored semi-
human trolls.

Cuzzzzzzzzzzzzz April 22, 2014 at 2:16 PM

It was also nice that the corporation that owns Popeye’s used a “local” contractor from Yuba City………..

just saying April 22, 2014 at 2:23 PM

no matter what is posted on here, good or bad, there are ALWAYS the naysayers.

Krystle April 22, 2014 at 2:27 PM

That happens every where Popeyes does not bring trash we already have problems here where I use to live there is one and it doesn’t bring trash. It’s the town

Idiots! April 22, 2014 at 2:30 PM

I hate to tell you that Popeyes is not going to attract more trash. It will just feed the existing trash of concord. Oh wait, most people of concord think their problems stem from other towns not from within. All towns have trash. Own up and take care of it instead of blaming others.

Silva April 22, 2014 at 2:36 PM

@#15, clayton road HAD an Arby’s already. It did not do well.

I won’t be going to either establishment. Yuck. And I’m sorry to the neighbors. You all didn’t deserve this.

Monty April 22, 2014 at 2:41 PM

#2 MrDuckyWucky said ” just another step closer to the ghettoization of concord”

where have you been, concord is ALREADY the ghetto. too late to turn back now. don’t believe me? take a walk down Clayton road sometime and look at all of your fine neighbors.

SimplePlan April 22, 2014 at 2:51 PM

@ 20funny man Long John Silvers …
Vallejo has one, I think, but they’re
too classy for Concord.

Can't wait!!! April 22, 2014 at 3:32 PM

love the rice and beans. If you don’t like Concord, why do you live here, just move.

Would like to see an Arby and a Church’s chicken, too. And sorry will not be supporting Hobby Lobby or Walmart or any other Wackco business ideas.

Ms right April 22, 2014 at 3:38 PM


What security April 22, 2014 at 4:15 PM

Some really funny comments to many to comment on
Perhaps the citizens of Concord to pettition some healthy places to start a business.
Fresh Choice, The Plant Cafe or support small business that cook their own stuff.

What security April 22, 2014 at 4:15 PM

btw I’ll give popeyes a try then move on

Michelle April 22, 2014 at 4:25 PM

The cajun rice at Popeyes is excellent and the red beans and rice are really good especially if you do not want to take the time to cook them yourself.

Cowellian April 22, 2014 at 4:41 PM

If you really want The Plant Cafe, you need to buy a franchise and bring one to town. Complaining about how other people spend their money doesn’t do you, or anyone else, any good.

MrDuckyWucky April 22, 2014 at 4:49 PM

I have a feeling it will harm real estate values. The same effect of naming a street MLK Blvd.

You see, when we bought our house, one of the things we looked at was the distance to the nearest Popeyes chicken. The homes closest to popeyes were not considered. LOL!!!

MrDuckyWucky April 22, 2014 at 5:14 PM

one more thought…when you go to this fine dining establishment for the delicately prepared friend chicken, if you suddenly find a revolver sticking in your face, and hear the words,
“Hey Mutha F*****, gimme yo sh**!!! ”
well, its likely not a medical student asking for a stool sample.

SF CityGirl April 22, 2014 at 5:16 PM

Hate this!!

Jim April 22, 2014 at 6:54 PM

@Nuttsie the Nutter…you do know that our founding fathers were some of the most religious folks to ever hold office?…So the hobby lobby onwers rae religious zealots who aren’t afraid to speak up…I wish more Christians would do the same…I say way to go Hobby Lobby! It’s funny as long as everyone agrees with LGBT it’s OK but it’s not ok if you don’t that having a desending idea is some how bad?…Is this still a country of free speech and free thought? You throw “gay” in their face…How about they throw “God” in yours?….wonder who will end up winning that one?

SeeK April 22, 2014 at 7:18 PM

@ Mr DuckyWucky

Why are you so angry?

Antler April 22, 2014 at 8:12 PM

I’ll check by there to see whether they will have the delicious salt-cured country ham biscuits they serve on the East Coast. The chicken there was excellent meat, but they used far too much black pepper in the batter….just for my taste.

I do feel sorry for those who must live near an area zoned “business”…. or even “multiple residence”. Those areas ALWAYS are more noisy and frequently unpleasant in other ways, but every city must have those areas…..otherwise they would not be cities….nature of the beast.

J. April 22, 2014 at 9:00 PM


Concord, CA : 1280 Willow Pass Rd : Planned opening day is 05/16/2014

Mark April 22, 2014 at 9:22 PM

Mr. Ducky Wucky is probably angry for the same reason Puddantain is always so angry. Some people are happier than others.

anon April 22, 2014 at 9:33 PM

Lots of restraunts on Clayton Road. Anything else in the works?

anonymous April 22, 2014 at 10:36 PM

Wow you people amaze me… Can’t believe I live in place that has so much prejudice… Don’t like it then move.

robert April 23, 2014 at 5:02 AM

You can always move to walnut creek or are you too poor to afford that area.

Darwin April 23, 2014 at 8:03 AM

Build it and they will come…..

What security April 23, 2014 at 10:07 AM

Build it and “they” will come…..

What security April 23, 2014 at 10:54 AM
What security April 23, 2014 at 10:58 AM
What security April 23, 2014 at 11:07 AM

pink slime in your fast food enjoy
Pink slime
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

“Pink slime” is the common name for a controversial beef product. The name used in the meat industry is “lean finely textured beef,” abbreviated LFTB,[1] and “boneless lean beef trimmings,” or BLBT.[2] It has been mocked by the dysphemistic slang term “soylent pink.”[3][4][5][6] Pink slime has been claimed by some originally to have been used as pet food and cooking oil and later approved for public consumption,[7] however, both the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) administrator responsible for approving the product and Beef Products, Inc., the largest U.S. producer, have disputed this.[8][9] This claim is also one of the subjects of a lawsuit currently before the courts.[10] In 2001, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) approved the product for limited human consumption, and it was used as a food additive to ground beef and beef-based processed meats as a filler, at a ratio of usually no more than 25 percent of any product. The production process uses heat in centrifuges to separate the fat from the meat in beef trimmings.[11] The resulting product is exposed to ammonia gas or citric acid to kill bacteria.[11][12]

In March 2012, ABC News ran a series of news reports about the product, including claims that approximately 70 percent of ground beef sold in U.S. supermarkets contained the additive at that time. As a result some companies and organizations discontinued the provision of ground beef with the product. The U.S. manufacturer Beef Products Inc. said that the claims made in the reports were false and filed a lawsuit against ABC.


MrDuckyWucky April 23, 2014 at 1:10 PM

@What security: those are the best pics!

jbelkin April 23, 2014 at 5:44 PM

Popeye’s is great fried chicken on the fly. Way better than KFC and the green tint of Arby’s “meat.”

JustMe April 23, 2014 at 6:28 PM

Not sure why everyone is so up in arms about another fast food restaurant. That being said, I’m not a huge fan of Popeyes, and I can’t seem myself ever going there. It’s perhaps my least favorite chicken. I do miss the 7-Eleven and Chevron that used to be at that location. I could see myself frequenting the Arco and AM/PM on the way to/from work. I refuse to ever visit the Valero next to Shell, since they’re matching Shell’s price, which I find unfathomable for a Valero, since they should be cheaper. Out of principle, I’ll never go to that Valero again.

I'm with Ducky April 23, 2014 at 11:26 PM

Just because Concord folks live in homes of lesser value than areas like Walnut Creek, Danville, Orinda, Lafayette, etc. doesn’t mean we have to settle for yet another place that serves cheap, greasy, low-quality food. Don’t paint us as snobs for prefering fresher, more wholesome food. The fact is that it’s better and more practical to eat healthier. Less chronic disease, longer life span, and better quality of life. You don’t have to be affluent to appreciate a decent diet and have higher standards than that redneck slop.

Also, who allowed such an eyesore of a business along this section of Clayton Road? Where now the fast food places are more clustered between the Thornwood Drive area and Treat Blvd., we now have the blight of an ugly Popeyes/AM PM near residences and low profile businesses. There’s nothing similar to such an in-your-face greasepit on this side of the street.

Good job, decision makers. Not.

AAA sean April 24, 2014 at 3:38 AM

Ahhhh forget all that other crap. I have chest pains just thinking about the three or four hours after you eat popeyes when your blood runs like canola oil thru your veins.But dem red beans n rice is hard to resist so what if my right eye is blurry for the rest of the day right? yes just have another wing dummy you don’t even know why your eatin’.YOU AINT EVEN HUNGRY STUPID!!!!!! But really I digress…. no I don’t I’m drunk I couldn’t digress dooky! Bet that. Anyway those bisquits are harder than calculus after like 2 hrs egads you cuold stop a heavy flow day with those little bricks hahaha yea I’m losin it people! LOCK ME UP WOOOOO PARTY YEAAAAAA. NO dought you will find me there on tryin to get my 2 piece special on for $1.49 yeeeaaaa boiiiii!!!

AAA sean April 24, 2014 at 3:40 AM

On Tuesday that is.

AAA sean April 24, 2014 at 3:48 AM

@robert #55 no jive bro the dub c u gotta have scrill just to navagate that joint. Walnut creek is really depressing if u r broke makes u want to jump off the b of a parking structure by Ill fornaio give them soccer moms something to talk about in between the gardener and the “maintenance man”or the next zanex.OOOOOOOO GOOODNESS!!

WHAT SECURITY April 24, 2014 at 4:24 PM

Man just make your own rice and beans don’t sell out the neighborhood.
The cheep fake food has to go. ‘ll go to a taco stand and get fresh food before I’d head to a place that sells fake food. It’s fake food people

Just think about all the chemicals that goes into Jelly Belly’s to make them taste like mind chip, watermelon, the fast food places use chemical to make their crap taste like the best fried garbage.

Now with that said, I think I’ll go to Nations!

WHAT SECURITY April 24, 2014 at 4:26 PM

just count your blessings
There ain’t a Church’s Chicken opening. That’s it I’m moving to Utah

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