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The Arby's on John C. Calhoun Drive opened for business in February.

Arby’s opened a 2,805-square-foot restaurant on John C. Calhoun Drive during the month of February.

"I approached Arby's corporate and thought Orangeburg was big enough for a freestanding store," franchisee Jack Rasor said.

Rasor and his wife, Elizabeth, operate six Arby's in the state. The couple also owns the KFC next door on John C. Calhoun Drive.

The restaurant uses Arby's newest design model called the "Inspire 3000." It features wood tones, white brick, upgraded lighting, upgraded landscaping, subway tiles, stainless steel finishes and chalkboard graphics.

It employs 45 people, seats 64 and features a drive-thru.

The restaurant is located at the site of the former Captain Pete’s seafood restaurant, which closed about three years ago. A Quincy’s Family Steakhouse occupied the site in the 1990s.

The Arby's restaurant chain, which carries the motto “we have the meats,” is known for its roast beef sandwiches. It offers a number of other items including sliders, salads, fries and desserts.

A corporate-owned Arby's is also located at Henry's Travel Plaza on Old Edisto Drive. There’s also one at the Wilco Travel Plaza on Burke Road near Interstate 26 in Calhoun County.

Founded in 1964, Arby's touts itself as the second-largest sandwich restaurant brand in the world with more than 3,300 restaurants in seven countries.

The Arby's is open from 10 a.m. until 11 p.m. Monday through Sunday.

Arby’s Restaurant Group Inc. is based in Atlanta.

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Staff Writer

Gene Zaleski is a reporter/staff writer with The Times and Democrat.

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