Jekyll store behind schedule

The Brunswick News

August 17, 2010

The planned opening this year of a Flash Foods gas and convenience store and Dairy Queen restaurant near the entrance to Jekyll Island is behind schedule.

But that won't delay a related lane shift at the entrance of Jekyll Island this week, just days before the state park's popular end-of-summer events.

A new timetable has been set for construction of the Flash Foods: January 2011.

Robert Williams, director of maintenance and construction for Flash Foods of Waycross, told the Jekyll Island Authority at its meeting Monday he is confident the facility will be ready by Jan. 1, at the latest.

"We've had a few delays, and most of it has been on our side," Williams said.

The company has three projects going on at the same time, leaving fewer crew members for construction on Jekyll Island.

There were also engineering, water and dirt caving issues that had to be addressed, as well as environmental remediation delays, officials said.

"We're running a little bit more than a month behind where we thought we were going to be," said Jones Hooks, executive director of the Jekyll Island Authority.

Despite the delay, west bound lanes of Ben Fortson Parkway will be closed beginning today for site work for Flash Foods. The road will be two-lanes - one east and one west - just beyond the greeting station, where parking fees are collected.

The lane shift comes two days before the annual Beach Music Festival begins Thursday. It will draw its largest crowds Saturday with free concerts at the beach and another with admission Saturday night.