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If you are accused of a crime, the only thing standing between your freedom and a verdict of “guilty” is an experienced criminal defense attorney in Pooler, GA.

Those who have been arrested before know that life in the legal system is no laughing matter. Aside from the imminent ramifications of fines and jail time, any goals you have of bettering yourself and advancing your life could be compromised. Without a trusted attorney by your side, you could face a lifetime of embarrassment and poor employment prospects due to a tarnished criminal record.

The good news? Dennis O’Brien and his team of experienced lawyers in Pooler are ready to clear your name. By retaining the help of a criminal defense attorney early in the legal process, you have a much better chance of securing your freedom and living a life as a productive member of society.

At O’Brien Law Firm PC, our practice was founded to fight for the rights of individuals accused of or charged with a crime. Our team of legal experts is well-equipped to take even the most difficult, contentious cases. From violent felonies to DUI, there is nothing we haven’t seen and handled. As a former law enforcement officer, founding attorney Dennis O’Brien knows exactly how much a person can lose if convicted. That’s why we work tirelessly to secure a verdict that is favorable for our clients.

Regardless of how serious or minor your case may be, know that we will fight fearlessly on your behalf. You deserve zealous representation – when you hire O’Brien Law Firm PC, you will receive nothing less.

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The O’Brien Law Firm PC Difference

Many of our clients are surprised to discover that founding lawyer Dennis O’Brien was a police officer prior to his criminal defense career. As a former Field Training Officer for the Memphis Police Department, he has over two decades of knowledge and experience in the criminal justice system. Dennis truly understands the nuance and complexities involved in a criminal defense case. This rare experience gives Dennis a clear edge in any criminal defense case and gives clients priceless peace of mind when they need it the most. Unlike some criminal defense attorneys in Pooler, Dennis O’Brien and his team believe that every client deserves effective, empathetic legal assistance. While some Pooler criminal defense firms will take weekends off or pass along cases to paralegals, Dennis personally reviews each of his cases. There is no case too small or big for O’Brien Law Firm PC. When you hire our firm, you can rest easy knowing that we will be by your side when the going gets tough.

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Here are just a few reasons why O’Brien Law Firm PC is Pooler’s top choice in criminal defense:
  • Vigorous Representation
  • Fierce Dedication to Clients
  • Unmatched Experience
  • Face-to-Face Counsel
  • Prompt Response to Inquiries and Questions
  • Commitment to Defending Your Rights
  • Thorough, Effective Research and Investigation
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Our firm has represented hundreds of criminal defense clients
Our firm has represented hundreds of criminal defense clients in Pooler and is highly qualified to take your case. Some of our specialties include:

Drug Cases in Pooler, GA

When you are charged with a drug crime in Pooler, it can change your life forever. Georgia imposes very strict punishments for drug offenses. The truth is, it’s hard to get your life back on track with a drug charge on your record. Your freedom and way of life could be in the hands of your criminal defense attorney. As such, you need a competent lawyer with years of experience handling drug cases. Leaving your fate in the hands of an incompetent attorney could have long-lasting effects on your family and may result in a conviction.

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Consequences for drug crimes in Pooler often include:

  • Jail
  • Prison
  • Heavy fines
  • Community service
  • Court-ordered drug and alcohol counseling
  • Probation or parole
  • Permanent criminal record

While the consequences for a drug crime in Georgia are serious, there’s reason to be hopeful: O’Brien Law Firm PC is here to fight for you. Remember – being charged with a drug crime is NOT the same thing as being convicted.

Our stellar team has represented many clients facing numerous drug-related charges. While each situation varies, one constant remains the same for clients facing drug charges: a fear of what lies ahead. At O’Brien Law Firm PC our job is to help you overcome the fear of the unknown. We do so by ensuring you understand your charges, the possible outcomes associated with those charges, and the options you need to consider from a criminal defense standpoint.

With more than a decade of experience as Pooler drug crime attorneys, we have the experience and resources to defend you in court no matter what your charges may be, including:

  • Marijuana
  • Crack
  • Cocaine
  • Heroin
  • Methamphetamine
  • Ecstasy

No matter what charge you are facing, our team has the experience and resources to build a comprehensive defense strategy for your drug case in Pooler, GA. Without a criminal defense attorney acting as your advocate, you could be facing very harsh penalties. Here are a few punishments you could be facing for drug crimes in Pooler:

  • Schedule I or Schedule II Drug Possession
    Schedule I or Schedule II Drug Possession:

    Having less than a gram (or one milliliter for liquids) of this type of drug results in a prison term of one to three years. Having four grams or milliliter carries a term of one to eight years.

  • Schedule III, IV, or V Drug Possession
    Schedule III, IV, or V Drug Possession:

    Any substance on this list is punishable by a prison sentence of one to three years.

  • Non-Narcotic Schedule II Drug Possession
    Non-Narcotic Schedule II Drug Possession:

    If you have less than two grams or milliliters of this substance, punishments can be between one year and three years. Having up to four grams or milliliters results in a prison sentence of one to eight years.

  • Possession of Marijuana
    Possession of Marijuana:

    Those who are in possession of less than an ounce of marijuana are subject to a jail sentence of up to 12 months. Fines may be no more than $1,000. Possession of more than an ounce of marijuana can result in a prison term of one to 10 years.

To avoid these life-changing punishments, you must take action now. Contact O’Brien Law Firm today for a consultation about your case.

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Violent Crime Cases in Pooler, GA

Violent crime offenses in Pooler typically involve some form of bodily harm to another individual, actions committed against an individual’s will, or threatening someone with bodily harm. Aggravated violent offenses are more severe charges and often occur when a violent crime is made more serious due to circumstances like deadly weapons.

Much like serious drug cases, violent crimes create an added layer of negativity that follows the accused for the rest of their life. In these cases, even an accusation is enough to cause irreparable damage to a person’s reputation. Those convicted of a violent crime face severe penalties that can include years in a correctional facility.

Common crimes of this nature include but are not limited to:
  • Murder
  • Assault with the intent to murder
  • Vehicular homicide
  • Domestic violence
  • Assault
  • Battery
  • Kidnapping
  • Rape
  • Robbery
  • Carjacking

When you are accused of any of the above crimes, your freedom hangs in the balance. The outcome of your case will determine whether you leave the courtroom with your freedom intact or stripped away to serve time behind bars. Because the punishments for violent crimes are so extreme, you should be seeking legal counsel from a criminal defense attorney in Pooler, GA, as soon as possible. As a former police officer with a long record of positive verdicts in violent crime cases, Dennis O’Brien is well equipped to represent you in court.

Having a criminal defense lawyer by your side is the best way to avoid the serious punishments associated with violent crimes. These punishments usually result in prison time if convicted and include:
Forced rape: 20 years
Armed robbery: Up to 20 years
Simple assault: Up to 12 months
Aggravated assault: 10 to 20 years
Aggravated battery: Up to 20 years
Involuntary manslaughter: One to 20 years
Vehicular homicide Up to 15 years
Murder: Life in prison or the death sentence
Zealous Representation Without Judgement

As a former police officer, Dennis O’Brien has seen the toll it takes on a person when charged with a crime. His time in law enforcement allows him to empathize with his clients who desperately need competent representation. Despite being innocent until proven guilty, accusations are scary, and conviction could be a reality. That is why you must work with a trustworthy criminal defense lawyer in Pooler, GA who will work tirelessly to clear your name.

Clients choose O’Brien Law Firm because we believe in open communication, honesty, and hard work. It is not our job to act as judges for those who have been accused of crimes. Rather, our goal is to find the best defense that allows us to protect our clients’ rights and freedoms.

DUI Cases in Pooler, GA

Driving under the influence (DUI) is one of the most common crimes committed in Georgia. Punishments for such a crime can be severe, and for understandable reasons – when a person operates a vehicle while they are intoxicated, they’re putting their life and the lives of others at risk.

While DUI is a serious crime that completely upend the accused’s life, the earnest desire to end drunk driving can make police officers too eager to catch a person who they believe is under the influence.

DUI Cases

The city of Pooler, Georgia, has implemented severe punishments for DUI, even for first-time offenders. Individuals charged with DUI in Pooler could face:

  • Very expensive fines and fees
  • Loss of license
  • Incarceration

Fortunately, if you or someone you love has been charged with DUI, there is hope. This is particularly true when the accused is administered a breath or blood test for DUI. In fact, cases that involve a breath and/or blood test are beaten daily. When you hire O’Brien Law Firm PC, we will dive deep into your DUI case in Pooler and examine every angle possible for your case to be dismissed. Here are just a few questions our team will investigate:

  • Was the stop legal? If not, your case could be dismissed
  • Is there enough evidence or probable cause to arrest you? If not, Dennis O’Brien will file a pre-trial motion and will fight hard to have your case dismissed before trial.
  • Did the police read you your implied consent rights? If not, your case could be thrown out. Failure to read implied consent rights to the accused is one of the most common police errors.
  • Were your blood testing records and breathalyzer results maintained? Breath testing comes with inherent weaknesses that can create doubt in a juror’s mind.

There are numerous ways to beat a DUI case in Georgia, from unreliable field sobriety tests to inaccurate state-administered breath tests. As a veteran criminal defense lawyer in Pooler, GA, Dennis O’Brien has the knowledge and experience to expose the state’s mistakes and fight for your rights. When you hire O’Brien Law Firm PC your chances of dismissal are greatly increased. When your case is dismissed, you can continue living life without the burden of a criminal record.

If you or someone you love is accused of a crime in Pooler, GA, don’t leave fate up to the prosecution. Take the necessary steps to protect yourself and your family before it’s too late.

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Chatham County will turn trash into exports with recycling plant Celadon Development Corp.

Chatham County will be welcoming Celadon Development Corp. into the region by the end of this month, Governor Brian P. Kemp announced on Friday. The corporation will be investing $155 million in opening its headquarters in Savannah and a state-of-the-art recycling and advanced manufacturing facility, which is expected to generate 117 jobs in the area.“Celadon choosing Georgia for their North American headquarters, along with a state-of-the-art recycling and advanced manufacturing facility, highlights our state's a...

Chatham County will be welcoming Celadon Development Corp. into the region by the end of this month, Governor Brian P. Kemp announced on Friday. The corporation will be investing $155 million in opening its headquarters in Savannah and a state-of-the-art recycling and advanced manufacturing facility, which is expected to generate 117 jobs in the area.

“Celadon choosing Georgia for their North American headquarters, along with a state-of-the-art recycling and advanced manufacturing facility, highlights our state's ability to recruit companies on the cutting edge of their respective industries," said Kemp.

Celadon will be joining e-commerce giant Amazon and automotive manufacturer Mitsubishi Power Systems as the last tenant on the Chatham County Development Site, otherwise known as the Pooler megasite located at the northeast corner of Interstate 95 and Interstate 16.

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Celadon, which manufactures recycled brown pulp, is hoping to break ground on the site Q1 of next year and has already begun hiring for the facility, according to Tim Zosel, CEO of Celadon.

The wet-processing plant on the Pooler megasite will produce 450,000 tons of product per year from each operation line. A phase 2 of the investment project will bring on a second production line of Celadon's recycling and manufacturing operations, increasing production to 900,000 tons per year.

In addition, the company has opened a 65,000-square-foot dry-processing plant for old corrugated cardboard (OCC) at 48 Artley Road in Savannah. The company is hiring for truck drivers, as well for positions in manufacturing, production and administrative services.

When both phases of the project are complete in combination with the dry plant, the company expects to export approximately 87,000 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) through the Port of Savannah annually.

Processing old corrugated cardboard and waste paper into clean commodity products for export will not only be an economic driver for the region, but will also "create a closed loop recycling process that will prevent hundreds of thousands of tons of corrugated cardboard waste from entering landfills," said GDEcD Commissioner Pat Wilson.

Zosel told the Savannah Morning News that the expected annual economic impact to the area will be $165 million.

The Savannah Economic Development Authority (SEDA) aided Celadon in securing funds for the investment project. President and CEO of SEDA, Trip Tollison, said the project "will create substantial investment and job opportunities in the Savannah region."

“They have a great plan and tremendous potential to grow and we look forward to Celadon being a part of our community," said Tollison.

Zosel thanked the various entities involved. “The State of Georgia, the Georgia Ports Authority, and the Savannah Economic Development Authority have made our project possible,” said Zosel. “The teams are incredibly proactive and we could not have developed this project without their support.”

The CEO cited Savannah's prime location near the ports and major highway arteries, as well as ample land to develop nearby, as reasons to establish its headquarters in the area.

"Because Savannah has such a large transportation infrastructure, we can draw that material from much farther away than if we weren't located at the port," said Zosel. "The rail lines are here, the trucking systems are here; so our impact will be much broader."

The Port of Savannah remains the single largest and fastest-growing container terminal in the nation and is making major expansions by the end of this year at the Garden City Terminal.

The Georgia Ports Authority also expects to utilize funds from Biden's $1.2 trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act once it's passed to expand storage area for shipping containers.

Previously:Georgia Ports Authority saw record 2020, leading to $500 million expansion and demand for workers

“At the Georgia Ports Authority, we are proud to support domestic production and jobs for Georgians,” said GPA Executive Director Griff Lynch. “We’re happy to welcome Celadon to the Peach State and to the community of exporters who rely on the Port of Savannah.”

Celadon Development Corporation LLC is a partnership between Nicollet Industries and Kamine Development Company, two leaders in green infrastructure and sustainable development.

Nancy Guan is the general assignment reporter covering Chatham County municipalities. Reach her at nguan@gannett.com or on Twitter @nancyguann.

Chatham megasite timeline

2001: DaimlerChrysler begins exploring U.S. locations to build Sprinter vans

2002: Five adjoining parcels at the northeast corner of I-95 and I-16 rezoned to industrial to woo DaimlerChrysler

2002: Georgia Ports Authority purchases megasite at a cost of $23 million

2003: DaimlerChrysler board postpones van plant plans due to weak global economy

April 2005: DaimlerChrysler renews search; Savannah makes final four but not chosen; plant went to Charleston, South Carolina; then-Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue said Daimler wanted too much in terms of incentives; later learned plant was to employ only 200

August 2005: State promotes megasite for Kia auto plant; Kia eventually rules out Savannah due to distance from suppliers and builds in West Point

2008: State promotes megasite for Volkswagen auto plant; Volkswagen eventually chooses Chattanooga, Tennessee.

August 2009: State acknowledges it is open to breaking up the Pooler site and making it available to smaller manufacturers

Sept. 2009: Mitsubishi Power Systems becomes first tenant; takes 119 acres for 500-worker plant

May 2011: Mitsubishi plant dedicated

Nov. 2011: Megasite a finalist as site for two major manufacturers each pledging to bring 900-1,000 jobs; later learn those manufacturers are Caterpillar, which goes to Athens, and Benteler, which goes to Louisiana

Jan 2015: DaimlerChrysler once again considers megasite for van plant; in March, announced that 1,200-job plant headed to North Charleston

April 2015: Volvo considers plant on megasite; project goes to Charleston

Dec. 2015: Pooler de-annexes megasite into county to make it more competitive from tax standpoint

May 2021: Amazon announces plans for a fulfillment center on the Pooler megasite

Nov. 2021: Celadon Development Corp. announces plans for paper recycling plant on the Pooler megasite

Pooler Costco set to open in under a month, will bring 150 jobs to area

POOLER, Ga. (WSAV) – The newest addition to Pooler is set to open ahead of schedule in just under a month. Costco is planning to open its doors to shoppers on Thursday, November 18th at 8 a.m.Originally, the store was expected to open in the spring or summer of 2022. The store’s general manager told News 3 they’ve been receiving an overwhelming welcome from the community.Up to 150 jobs need to be filled at the location and they are about 75% of the way there. This will be the first Costco in the region. Curren...

POOLER, Ga. (WSAV) – The newest addition to Pooler is set to open ahead of schedule in just under a month. Costco is planning to open its doors to shoppers on Thursday, November 18th at 8 a.m.

Originally, the store was expected to open in the spring or summer of 2022. The store’s general manager told News 3 they’ve been receiving an overwhelming welcome from the community.

Up to 150 jobs need to be filled at the location and they are about 75% of the way there. This will be the first Costco in the region. Currently, the closest locations to the Coastal Empire are in Charleston and Jacksonville.

Pooler leaders expect the wholesale retailer will bring more revenue and visitors to the city.

“We’re close to Savannah, obviously there’s nothing in Savannah land-wise where they could build this tremendous facility,” Pam Southard, executive director of the Greater Pooler Area Chamber of Commerce said. “We’re right off 95, we have three exits 102, 103 and 104 off 95, and off of 16 we have an exit.”

Costco will live on 150 acres of land at the Mosaic Town Center on the south end of Pooler Parkway. Some residents are concerned the store will add to the already heavy traffic seen in Pooler. But Southard hopes the new development will ease traffic in other areas of town.

“We have so many businesses that are building and establishing in that area,” Southard said. “Mayor Benton was thrilled because we’re hoping it diverts some of the traffic congestion on this end of Pooler Parkway out there. But then again, as we see the growth out there it’s kind of like you’ve got one end and the other end.”

Southard said new businesses are emerging every week in Pooler, but she doesn’t think the national giant will take customers away from smaller merchants.

“I seriously think it’s going to be a good meld,” Southard said. “There’s a need for the bulk items which Costco is going to offer and then the need for the individual items, which the smaller grocery stores are going to have.”

Costco is still accepting applicants to fill about 40 open positions. They are also looking to have up to 5,000 memberships before opening and are close to meeting that goal.

Black Friday in Savannah 2021: When stores open, online deals, what to know

Even with supply chain interruptions and increasing consumer prices, the annual Black Friday tradition continues wi...

Even with supply chain interruptions and increasing consumer prices, the annual Black Friday tradition continues with deep discounts and flash deals on everything from Amazon smart speakers to the Xbox Series X. And, although restrictions from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic are easing up, some new traditions such as virtual shopping and curbside pickup will hold steady.

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Thankfully, Walmart, Target, Best Buy and The Home Depot are closed again on Thanksgiving this year, with Target making this pandemic change permanent. That means no serving Thanksgiving brunch so that you can get in line for midnight shopping madness at these major retailers. Instead, you can camp out on the couch during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and take advantage of the online daily deals that have popped up all week at Ace Hardware, JCPenney, and Walmart.

Still, no matter how you fill your shopping bags, whether in person on via online carts, plenty of retailers have expanded their brick-and-mortar hours to welcome shoppers back through their doors this Friday.

More:Broughton Street construction to be halted, barricades removed to promote holiday shopping

Black Friday Store Hours in Savannah

Ace Hardware: 7:30 am.-8 p.m.

At Home: 6 a.m.-11 p.m.

Banana Republic: 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

Barnes & Noble: 8 a.m.-9 p.m.

Bass Pro Shops: 5 a.m.-9 p.m.

Bath & Body Works: 6 a.m.-10 p.m.

Bealls Outlet: 7 a.m.-11 p.m.

Bed Bath & Beyond: Opens 6 a.m.

Belk: 7 a.m.-10 p.m.

Best Buy: 5 a.m.-10 p.m.

Big Lots: 6 a.m.-11 p.m.

Burlington: 7 a.m.-midnight

Costco Wholesale Club: 8 a.m.-8:30 p.m.

Dick's Sporting Goods: 5 a.m.-10 p.m.

Dillard's: 9 a.m.-8 p.m.

DSW: 9 a.m.-8 p.m.

Five Below: 8 a.m.-10 p.m.

GameStop: 7 a.m.-9 p.m.

Gap: 9 a.m.-8 p.m.

Guitar Center: 8 a.m.-9 p.m.

Hobby Lobby: 8 a.m.-9 p.m.

Home Depot: 6 a.m.-9 p.m.

HomeGoods: 7 a.m.-10 p.m.

JCPenney: 5 a.m.-10 p.m.

Joann Fabric and Crafts: 6 a.m.-9 p.m.

Kay Jewelers: 11 a.m.-8 p.m.

Kohl's: 5 a.m.- midnight

Lowe's: 6 a.m.-9 p.m.

Lululemon: 7 a.m.-8 p.m.

Macy's: 6 a.m. to 11:59 p.m.

Marshalls: 7 a.m.-10 p.m.

Michaels: 7 a.m.-10 p.m.

Office Depot: 9 a.m.-8 p.m.

Old Navy: 9 a.m.-9 p.m.

PetSmart: 7 a.m.-9 p.m.

Portman's Music Superstore: 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

Sam's Club: 10 a.m.-8 p.m.

Sephora inside JCPenney at Oglethorpe Mall: 5 a.m.-10 p.m.

Shoe Carnival: 7 a.m.-9 p.m.

Staples: 9 a.m.-8 p.m.

Tanger Outlets: 6 a.m.-11 p.m.

Target: 7 a.m.-10 p.m.

T.J. Maxx: 7 a.m.-10 p.m.

Ulta Beauty: 6 a.m-10 p.m.

Walmart: 5 a.m.-11 p.m.

Laura Nwogu is the quality of life reporter for Savannah Morning News. Contact her at lnwogu@gannett.com. Twitter: @lauranwogu_

Costco opens in Pooler, first in Southeast Ga.

POOLER, Ga. (WTGS) — Pooler’s new Costco saw a packed parking lot for its opening day on Thursday.This is the first Costco in Southeast Georgia, and some shoppers started lining up as early as Wednesday night to prepare for Thursday morning’s opening. David Reyes, a first-time Costco shopper, said he signed up for a membership to take advantage of an opening day deal on a PlayStation.Reyes said Costco might be his new shopping destination, and he expects to be one of many new shoppers at the store. “Ther...

POOLER, Ga. (WTGS) — Pooler’s new Costco saw a packed parking lot for its opening day on Thursday.

This is the first Costco in Southeast Georgia, and some shoppers started lining up as early as Wednesday night to prepare for Thursday morning’s opening. David Reyes, a first-time Costco shopper, said he signed up for a membership to take advantage of an opening day deal on a PlayStation.

Reyes said Costco might be his new shopping destination, and he expects to be one of many new shoppers at the store. “There’s going to be a lot more business going on around here," said Reyes.

Pooler Mayor Rebecca Benton said she has been waiting for the city’s new addition. "My neighbors and myself have been trying to get Costco here for a long time," said Benton.

According to the mayor, Pooler was in competition with the Town of Bluffton for the new Costco location, and the city waited months for a decision. “Finally, last year around March, when everyone was in COVID, Costco started contacting the city to see what kind of hoops they had to jump through," said Benton.

Mayor Benton said she is excited about the potential economic expansion Costco could bring to Pooler. “Not only will it build good jobs, and they pay well too," she said. "It’s just positive. It’s the retail bringing people in, visitors, and I’m sure it will spur other restaurants, other retail to come.” Benton said she expects Costco will be the beginning of a business boom in Pooler, but the economic traffic could also bring traffic backups at the intersection of Blue Moon Crossing and Pooler Parkway.

“The light at Blue Moon and Pooler Parkway was only letting three cars through at a time, this morning, and they were backed up," Benton said. "But we are going to check on the timing of the lights."

According to Benton, some of the city's ongoing road projects address the intersection at Blue Moon Crossing. The city’s plans include sealing off the medians on the east side of Pooler Parkway to redirect traffic from Parker’s parking lot as well as adding a new parkway access point from Costco’s parking lot.

Atlanta-based restaurant Ponko Chicken is coming to Pooler. Here's when it opens.

Pooler residents are getting an exclusive treat when it comes to Atlanta-based restaurant Ponko Chicken. The Japanese American chicken tender franchise is opening their first location outside of the Atlanta area at 405 Pooler Pkwy., where the Tex-Mex restaurant Tijuana Flats was located between the Starbucks and McAlister’s Deli.More:...

Pooler residents are getting an exclusive treat when it comes to Atlanta-based restaurant Ponko Chicken. The Japanese American chicken tender franchise is opening their first location outside of the Atlanta area at 405 Pooler Pkwy., where the Tex-Mex restaurant Tijuana Flats was located between the Starbucks and McAlister’s Deli.

More:Atlanta-based chicken tender restaurant, Irish pub at Bayou Café space coming to Savannah

The opening date is set for Nov. 8, and inside the building is a sign that indicates what new location owners Steve Mills and Charlie Bruce hope to bring to the location: happiness.

Mills and Bruce have been partners for seven years and have jointly opened several Little Caesars locations, one of those in Pooler 11 years ago. Bruce has the advantage of living in Pooler with a front row seat to the rapid growth of the city. That has allowed them to get to know the area, signaling that it was the perfect location to place the new restaurant.

“You can see how inviting it is, and we're definitely excited about bringing this to Pooler,” Mills said. “You’ll leave here feeling content.”

For those who aren’t familiar with the restaurant, Mills describes it as a “healthy version of Chick-fil-A.” The menu includes popular items like their sticky rice sprinkled with sesame seeds and seaweed, ponko fries that are also available in sweet potato form, options for vegetarians and vegans, such as tofu tenders and vegan patties, and their Japanese American chicken tenders coated in panko breadcrumbs and fried in rice bran oil.

“We're one of the few restaurants that use it [rice bran oil]. They don't use it because it's so expensive, but it’s just a cost that makes sense to try to keep fried food healthy,” Mills said.

You can also get tacos, salads and even hot dogs. Every menu item can be dressed up or dipped in their three signature sauces: OG sauce, spicy sauce and barbeque sauce. Wine, beer and their premium peach or green tea lemonade are drink options.

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Ponko Chicken will offer dine-in, delivery, takeout and catering, the latter of which will be introduced in the next month or so. The restaurant will open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

All over the country, employers are scrambling for workers as the labor shortage continues amid the Covid-19 pandemic, and Ponko Chicken is also impacted. They started the hiring process a month ago, but have only been able to hire 12 out of the 20 employees they need. Mills and Bruce have opened up 30 restaurants in their careers and said this might be the “toughest” opening yet.

Long waits for equipment. Paint. Floor coverings. Refrigeration. Construction of the restaurant went from a five-week process to three months. It’s just another example of the global supply chain shortage happening right now. Added to that list of items is a chicken shortage, causing some menu items to increase in price.

But those setbacks haven’t stopped the anticipation that comes with the opening of the Pooler location and food that has been described as "eat meets west."

“We're excited. It's been an interesting journey, for sure. It's so different. You can't duplicate this. When you try it, you're going to be pleasantly surprised,” Mills promised.

Laura Nwogu is the quality of life reporter for Savannah Morning News. Contact her at lnwogu@gannett.com. Twitter: @lauranwogu_

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