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Monday, December 11, 2023

Popeyes nearing completion of restored location

A local Popeyes is nearing completion of its restored location on Pine Avenue, nearly one-and-a-half years after its roof collapsed.

Over the past several months, construction crews have made steady progress on the fast-food restaurant, which is located at 1713 S Pine Avenue.

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Popeyes at 1713 S Pine Avenue in Ocala (Photo: November 10, 2023)

A grand opening date has not yet been announced, but Popeyes plans on opening the restored location by the end of the year.

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The exterior of the Popeyes location (1713 S Pine Avenue in Ocala) in late August 2023

The Popeyes location has been closed for nearly 18 months, shutting down after severe storms passed through the area on June 24, 2022. The rains ended up causing catastrophic damage at the business, resulting in a partial roof collapse.

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A collapsed roof can be seen in the Popeyes at 1713 S Pine Avenue on June 25, 2022 (Photo: Aaron Hendricks)

The new Popeyes will occupy the same site and will be the same size of over 2,500 square feet, according to construction records.

The business joins several other restaurants that are currently under construction or were recently opened in Ocala.

That includes Chick-fil-A, which is currently working on its second location in Ocala on SW 48th Avenue, just off SW College Road.

Mellow Mushroom announced that its new location in downtown Ocala is “coming Shroom” in December.

Mellow Mushroom in downtown Ocala
Mellow Mushroom is nearing completion of its new location in downtown Ocala (November 10, 2023)

A fine dining restaurant, Katya Vineyards, is currently in the midst of building out its new location on E Silver Springs Boulevard.

K-Pot Korean BBQ & Hot Pot officially opened for business last month, offering all-you-can-eat options.

KPot Korean BBQ & Hot Pot in Ocala
K-POT Korean BBQ & Hot Pot in Ocala (Photo: July 2023)

A family-owned sandwich shop, Connotto’s, recently opened its doors in southeast Ocala.