CASA GRANDE — The Planning and Zoning Commission gave the green light Thursday to Texas Roadhouse, a popular steak restaurant, and Salad and Go, a fast food restaurant.

The steak restaurant will be 7,570 square feet at 1910 E. Florence Blvd., south of Palm Creek Golf & RV Resort.

Commissioner David Snider voiced his concerns over the amount of traffic that would result on Florence Boulevard.

“I am always concerned that people are not always safe drivers,” Snider said.

However, the commission unanimously voted to approve the Texas Roadhouse.

“We’re really looking forward to it,” Commissioner Dennis Dugan said.

The former JB’s restaurant will be redeveloped as a Salad & Go, a fast food restaurant.

According to a presentation, the building will be 723 square feet and there will be a double drive-thru to accommodate vehicles.

During the meeting, the commission also approved a major site plan to develop a QuikTrip fuel station and convenience store at the southwest corner of Florence Boulevard and Camino Mercado.

Commissioner Mikel McBride voiced his concerns over traffic and public safety.

“That turning left onto Florence Boulevard, that close to Camino Mercado — we see the nightmare that happens right down the street from it, right near where the AM/PM is at,” McBride said.

The commission approved a conditional use permit to allow a tire sales, mounting and repair business to be operated out of an existing structure located at the southwest corner of Florence Boulevard and Pueblo Drive.

Formally, businesses on the property included an auto repair and convenience store. However, the introduction of a tire shop requires the conditional use permit.

There was also a public hearing on the 2030 General Plan. There will be a second hearing on the plan on Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the Community Recreation Center.


Gabrielle Olivera is the Casa Grande reporter at PinalCentral, covering government, schools, business and more.