White Duck Taco Shop is scheduled to open a new location in South Asheville on Long Shoals Road in early 2017 or sooner.
The franchise has several locations around the Southeast including Charleston, Johnson City, Columbia, and two locations in Asheville. Ben Mixson, owner of multiple locations in the area, hopes to see construction in South Asheville completed by December or January.
White Duck is known it’s quick service and prices based on its a la carte menu. The restaurant focuses on using fresh and creative ingredients, which reflect the atmosphere from where it originated, The River Arts District.
“I love their food because it’s actually good food and not processed, it’s so asheville and I’m happy to have one so close to my house,” Junior Mary Rutherfurd said.
According to Gabriel Lopez, the downtown location manager, the addition of the newest location reflects the company’s attempt to reach customers who may have difficulty getting to the downtown or River Arts District locations. She admitted that parking and distance can both create a bit of a challenge for some people.
With the new location opening literally only a couple of hundred feet from campus, a number of job opportunities have been created for students. Although White Duck serves alcoholic beverages, Lopez said that the location is interested in high school employees, especially students who plan on food management being in their future.
According to law, anyone under 18 is not allowed to serve alcohol; however, teens can serve food and work in a number of other roles in the franchise. Lopez said the staff make-up will include a mix of transferred employees and new hires.
“We want to spread the White Duck love to high schoolers, especially since we’re a high volume impact store whose cliental can be high schoolers,” Lopez said.
Front office receptionist Tanya Schauv expressed the administration’s concerns of students leaving early or walking off campus to go to lunch. She also mentioned worries about the added traffic at a location already prone to congestion without a traffic light to turn into the campus.
“If students don’t check out, the security guard will definitely chase them down, however parents sometimes call in to check out students. I think there should be a rule against that (parents calling students out),” Schauv said.
Despite those concerns, Lopez looks forward to the future connections that the school will provide.
“It’s a blessing to be so close. Y’all are going to carry us, and we can’t wait to grow the White Duck Family,” said Lopez.