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Wendy’s or not? Here’s the answer

Written January 23rd, 2017 by Hasso Hering

Moving dirt on Monday outside the former — and future — Wendy’s on Pacific Boulevard in Albany.

The question came by email: “I noticed the construction at the former Wendy’s. Is the Wendy’s just being remodeled or is something replacing it?” This jogged the Answer Man to get going.

When I first reported in October on the building permit application at the site of the shuttered fast-food joint, I had assumed it would be Wendy’s again but had failed to nail that down.

Monday I briefly looked in on the construction. Then I went to the second floor of City Hall. There I got a look at the digital versions of several pages of details of the building plans and permit applications. Here’s part of one page:

Notice what it says along the right-hand edge. So there’s the definitive answer: A new Wendy’s it will be.

On the construction site, at 1560 Pacific Blvd. S.E., work was well underway inside and outside the building, which is getting a complete makeover by a contractor based in Boise. The owner of the property — now as when the old restaurant was still open — is a company based in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.

The building department values the remodeling at about $556,000, not counting an addition at the back to hold a freezer and cooler.

I’ll try to find out when they plan to open the new place. Hope it’s soon. Used to like their cups of chili for a quick lunch. (hh)



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4 responses to “Wendy’s or not? Here’s the answer”

  1. Adriana says:

    Careful, lest the ADH accuses you of “unfortunately leaking” news they couldn’t get to first!

    • hj.anony1 says:

      Now that was a laugh out loud moment! No commercial realtor involved in a deal here so I assume all is good. ;)

  2. Gothic Albany says:

    Ha, ADH will probably report that it is going to be a Wendys two weeks after the grand opening. And I am going to one up you Hasso, I like getting the bowl of chili with a baked potato.

  3. Doug hiddleson says:

    I just Miss driving by and see people in the Drive-Thru Lane waiting for someone to answer


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