A&W construction

A construction crew works on the exterior of the Par Mar Store in Pleasant Valley, where an A&W restaurant will be opening in the coming weeks.

PLEASANT VALLEY – Construction is under way on an A&W restaurant in Pleasant Valley, filling the void left in the Par Mar Store with the closing of Fazoli’s fast-casual Italian restaurant.

The A&W is projected to open Aug. 19, with construction on the space off Interstate 79 exit 133 to be completed in the coming weeks.

“It’ll be the same, they’re just remodeling the inside,” said Cindy Cunningham, a manager at Par Mar. “Aug. 19 is when we’re hoping to open our doors and I’m pretty sure we will.”

According to Cunningham, the A&W, which is being franchised by Par Mar Stores, is currently in the process of looking for employees to cover the restaurant’s shifts, as well as management to oversee those shifts.

“Hours are what they need,” Cunningham said. “If they have five hours a week; we can do 38 hours a week, you know, we’ll work with them.”

Cunningham said the A&W will not be open 24 hours like the Par Mar, but she is unsure of the exact hours of operation. However, she said the restaurant will work with its employees’ available hours to make a schedule that works.

In a meeting of the City of Pleasant Valley Planning Commission last week, the members of the commission including Mayor Barbara Metcalf voiced anticipation about the restaurant’s opening.

According to A&W, a franchise can cost between $266,500 and $1.2 million to get up and running. Lexington, Ky.-based Yum Brands is the parent company of A&W, whose history goes back to 1919 when Roy W. Allen opened a walk-up root beer stand in Lodi, California.

Since re-structuring in 2011, A&W has experienced a resurgence with nearly 33% increases in same-store sales on average.

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Eddie Trizzino has been a reporter with the Times West Virginian since August of 2017, covering the entertainment, business and health beats. He spends most of his time listening to records, going to the movies and strolling through the town.