Progress has crawled along for more than a year at the site of the new Bagel World on Route 1, but according to city officials, the popular local chain of eateries is preparing to pump out its famous bagels by the end of August.
Building Commissioner Kevin Goggin said he met with the construction contractor Tuesday morning and spoke recently with the project architect as well, both of whom say plans are to open up shop within the next month.
Goggin said the entire bakery operation may be moving over to 246 Newbury St. (it's on the southbound side of Route 1) from where the lone Peabody location is now at
Owner Stanley Kantorosinski did not return a phone call for comment.
Goggin said the interior plans for the Route 1 spot are similar to the setup on Sylvan Street except that there will be a drive-through window for customers. The City Council approved a .
Goggin said there will be a main counter and no more than 20 tables for patrons -- no Wi-Fi though. The second flood of the building will be used for offices.
And following through on their original plans, the Kantorosinskis will also be selling cars soon next door. Goggin said that project, however, is similarly trudging onward at a slow pace. The property used to be home to , which moved over to Route 114 in 2010.
The existing Peabody shop, which includes a bakery in the rear of the cafe, first opened in 1997, according to business incorporation records. A second shop in and a third shop is also located on .
Goggin said the Salem shop also has a drive-through window.