New fast food restaurants

Land-clearing for a new McDonald's restaurant has begun on the northwest corner of U.S. 19 and U.S. 98 in Chassahowitzka, pictured at bottom left. All but one of the trees have been removed.

The corner of U.S. 98 and U.S 19 in Homosassa may soon be known as fast-food row.

McDonald’s is scheduled to start construction in October on a new restaurant on the northwest corner of that intersection. It should be up by the end of December.

Now comes word that Wendy’s has expressed interest in building a new fast-food restaurant at the southwest corner of U.S. 19 and U.S. 98. The chain has not yet submitted paperwork to the county for permits.

However, Will Bingham, president of Bingham Realty and the broker for the property owner, confirmed that he is under contract with someone but could not yet divulge details. Bingham is also broker of the new McDonald’s, which would be across the street from a new Wendy’s.

And if that is not enough, representatives with the Publix-anchored Shoppes of Sugarmill Woods have said they want to put a new fast-food restaurant on an outparcel just south of the Walgreens, according to Joanna Coutu, director of the county’s land development division. It may be a Burger King, but that isn’t confirmed, she said.

All of this comes as work continues on land-clearing at 9335 U.S. 19, immediately north of the Walgreens, on a new 7-Eleven. No word yet on the opening of that location.

Bingham said his company has had the two parcels on U.S. 19 for 19 years. He’s not sure what is driving the heightened interest, but is happy to see it occurring.

“We are more than excited with the activity,” he said.

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