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WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — A restaurant wanting to build at Johnnie Mercer’s Pier is causing some controversy among Wrightsville Beach residents and business owners.

Joe’s Crab Shack is looking to build on Salisbury street near the pier. Neighbors are concerned it will make the lack of parking in the area even worse.

The chain wants to build a restaurant big enough to hold 270 people. All restaurants on the beach are required to provide one parking space for every four seats they hold. This means Joe’s Crab Shack would have to offer an additional 85 spaces for patrons In a place were space is already limited.

“That will be a big deal. A real big deal,” beach visitor Otis Battle said. “Hopefully they’ll add on what they need to add on for the parking, so that it will really accommodate everyone that comes down to the beach.”

Joe’s Crab Shack has leased 35 off-site parking spaces, according to town records. Twenty-five are at the Landfall Shopping Center at Eastwood Road and Military Cutoff Road. Ten more are at Kohl’s Department Store near Eastwood and College Road.

Joe’s Crab Shack has not returned our call for comment.

The Wrightsville Beach Board of Aldermen will discuss the parking issue at their meeting Thursday night.

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  • WBLocal

    They need the parking at Landfall because none of their workers will have anywhere to park. I bet they are planning on using these spaces for the workers not the guests. They should move into the old Main Street restaurant at Mayfaire. That way they have ample parking and people will actully go there in the winter. The pier could do so much more when it comes to food, but Joes Crab Shak is a step in the wrong directions. Sad…

  • jj

    With all the local fresh seafood we have around the area, why would you want frozen food. When I travel the last place I want to eat at is a chain restaurant.

    But to each their own. Need to start building parking desks like Wilmington has. One on each corner of the street.

  • T. W. Duke

    New employment for UNCW grads! Combined with that Marine Biology degree a job at Fishy Joe’s (or whatever) is like a slam dunk for the community! Now tourists don’t have to leave WB to find a place to fill their guts with booze and poorly prepared food… they barf beer and various sea-bug guts all over Wrightsville beach! I’m so glad I don’t live there!

    T.W. Duke

  • Guest Reply

    Have a “Drive Thru” (ONLY) at Joe’s…with a 50 cent entrance fee, so WB can make $$$ on the non-parkers…then split it with Joe’s! Truth be known…Joe’s would get 10% most likely…4% after WB taxes :-(
    No parking issues at all…no Muss…no Fuss = No Fuss from the lack of Muss!!!
    That will be 5 Bucks WB/Joe’s for my solution to you and your loved ones :-)
    Jeez Louise…why couldn’t they have thunk of it????
    Truth is…they will make a statement where they had already thought of that…but decided it wouldn’t work. Then…next year…they will implement the idea…and I will be outta 5 Bucks! Just like any Suggestion Program at any place of business you may work at with a Suggestion Program.
    I just had to throw that one in :-)

  • Guest Tigercat

    The chain wants to build a restaurant big enough to hold 270 people. All restaurants on the beach are required to provide one parking space for every four seats they hold. This means Joe’s Crab Shack would have to offer an additional 85 spaces for patrons In a place were space is already limited.”

    You must be one of Paul Ryan/Mitt Rommney follwers coz the math dont add up.
    270 people seats divided by 4 equals about 68 parking spaces, not 85 as you quoted

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