Restaurants moving into parking lot at Walmart on Briarcrest

BRYAN, Tex. (KBTX)- The city of Bryan announced in March that its drive-thru recycling center in the Walmart parking lot on Briarcrest would be closing.

The closure stems from new businesses that are now planned on the property. Panda Express and Jason’s Deli will open a location next to the Walmart, and the Chick-Fil-A that’s already there will close and rebuild a more improved restaurant on the same site.

While many might be excited about the new restaurants, the closure of the city’s recycling center also has some concerned.

"I was a little concerned because I live out off OSR and they probably won't have service out there and since we're having to pay, it'd be too expensive to drive into town just to drop it off so I haven't decided what I'm going to do,” said Gary Haugland a Brazos County resident.

During a workshop on Tuesday, different options for recycling were presented to the city council for review. One option was for the city to contract with a provider for curbside recycling or to let a private recycling company handle it.

For now, city council says they’re going to hold off before making any final decisions.

“Let’s see what the market does because there's already someone who's doing that let’s see how many of these people move on, what the new cost is for it and we'll have a little bit more data when we see how our decision impacts that private sector,” said Mayor Andrew Nelson.

The Mayor said the drive-thru recycling center will remain open until property owners decide to begin work on the new restaurant.