New-look Wendy’s restaurant breaks ground in Groveland

The new Wendy’s restaurant design. // Provided photo

The pig-tailed redhead is coming to Groveland.

The franchisee for a new Wendy’s fast-food restaurant was scheduled to break ground Tuesday, Feb. 12, at 7549 State Road 50 near the corner of County Road 565A, according to a news release. The intersection sees 30,000 vehicles a day, and the site is near the main exit from South Lake High School as well as several subdivisions.

The restaurant is expected to open in late May with new features and amenities, including revitalized décor, comfortable seating, and innovative interior and exterior designs. The new look is part of an ongoing effort to provide an enhanced customer experience.

“This restaurant will have bold curb appeal and features a compelling design, inside and out,” Joe Godbey, CEO of franchisee Gold Coast Holdings Restaurants, says in the release. “It’s very different from what our customers are used to, and we think they’ll really like the fresh look and feel of the new Wendy’s.”

Groveland Mayor Evelyn Wilson says the community is eager for the new restaurant, adding, “There has been a tremendous buzz about Wendy’s coming to town.”

Vice Mayor Mike Radzik says he had been encouraging Wendy’s to come to the city.

“We know that dining out, especially at these modern, casual dining restaurants, is high on our residents’ wish lists,” he says in the release.

The interior design of the new Wendy’s will showcase open, bright dining areas with multiple seating options, including private booths, cozy seating, and a Wi-Fi bar. The new design will incorporate the latest in touch-screen kiosk ordering technology for customers, and a Coca-Cola Freestyle beverage dispenser that allows customers to customize more than 100 regular and low-calorie beverages, including a variety of branded waters, sports drinks, lemonades, and sparkling beverages.

“We are thrilled to be coming to Groveland,” Joe says. “The ultimate goal is for our customers to have the best dining experience, and we think they will be surprised and excited about their new Wendy’s.”

Gold Coast Holdings Restaurants, headquartered in Coral Gables, owns and operates 20 Wendy’s restaurants in Florida.