The Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant has completed the first step towards rebuilding: demolition.
The Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant on Eatonton Road met its maker early this week as crews began demolition of the Madison eatery.
By Tuesday after noon the building was no more than a pile of rubble between Wendy’s and the Raceway Station.
But the restaurant will return.
Savannah-based franchise owner Inman Hodges presented his plans for a complete teardown and rebuild to the Corridor Design Commission in January.
He said the store was more than 20 years old and the existing structure was overdue for replacement rather than mere revamping.
“We are going to have new equipment to meet new needs, and the building’s going to be a little bit larger,” Hodges told the commission. “We want to start completely fresh.”
The new building will aim to both be easily recognizable, with KFC’s distinctive red and white stripes, and point to a more modern direction for the franchise.
The Madison KFC location closed its doors on Dec. 31 of last year. Hodges hopes that the restaurant will again be serving customers by the middle of this year.