Cracker Barrel: Covington restaurant plan nixed

COVINGTON - Representatives from Cracker Barrel Old Country Store and Restaurant have had their eyes set on property along Ga. Highway 142 for more than a year, but a spokeswoman confirmed Friday the company will not open a restaurant there.

"We have put on hold any plans for Covington at this time," Cracker Barrel spokeswoman Julie Davis said. "We had been looking at the site for a while and it just didn't seem to work out for us. We are hoping maybe sometime down the road things may change, but at this time, we're not looking at it as an active site."

The site that was under consideration is at the corner of Ga. 142 and Interstate 20, across the street from Wal-Mart Supercenter, adjacent to a parcel once occupied by a Texaco gas station. The property is owned by Ewing Southeast Realty LLC of Atlanta.

Davis would not specify why the site was not selected, but said a variety of factors are involved in choosing a location, including population counts, traffic patterns and other businesses that are in the area or are planning to locate nearby.

"I am sorry for any disappointment your readers may experience in hearing that Cracker Barrel has no immediate plans for opening a unit in Covington. I know that our real estate department will revisit the area in the future, but I don't know when that will be," she said.

Ewing Southeast Realty owns approximately 18 acres along the highway, spanning from the former site of the Brentwood duplexes to I-20, which is proposed to be developed with a mix of mostly retail and restaurants.

Wendy's fast food restaurant has opened on the former Brentwood site, and an Aldi Foods grocery store has been constructed there as well. A Hampton Inn is also locating nearby.

A representative with Ewing Southeast Realty did not return calls seeking comment regarding Cracker Barrel or additional details on future development.