The former Ruby Tuesday restaurant has been demolished to make way for a Panda Express and retail shops on South Illinois Avenue.
A site plan for the Panda Express restaurant and retail development has been reviewed by the Oak Ridge Municipal Planning Commission.
Panda Express will be on the one-third of the subdivided Ruby Tuesday property that is closest to the Subway on South Illinois Avenue, said Ray Evans, the city’s retail consultant. The developer is Rudd Seeley Wallis LLC. That’s the Nashville company that developed the shopping center on South Illinois Avenue that includes Chipotle, Aspen Dental, and Pie Five Pizza,
The other two-thirds of the former Ruby Tuesday property is expected to include about 6,500 square feet of retail space. That’s about 40 percent the size of the Chipotle/Pie Five shopping center, Evans said.
It’s not clear when Panda Express might open.
The proposed Panda Express/retail development at the former Ruby Tuesday site would include access to the right-turn-in, right-turn-out entrance and exit at Subway on South Illinois Avenue.
Panda Express is a fast casual Chinese restaurant. The new development is near Main Street Oak Ridge, the 58-acre project to redevelop the former Oak Ridge Mall.
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