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Two Essential Establishments In Third Ward Are Making A Move

A chicken joint and a historic church in the third ward are getting a makeover.

At the corner of Wheeler and Scott the smell of fried chicken and gospel music fill the air.

That’s the intersection where Frenchy’s Chicken and Wheeler Avenue Baptist church share a gravel lot– but not for much longer.

Percy “King” Creuzot owns Frenchy’s.

He announced the location is moving.

 “Wheeler is renovating and expanding and so is Frenchy’s,” says Creuzot. “ And we’re going to move just two blocks up the street, and we have been working with Wheeler to let them have the space that Frenchy’s has occupied for 48 years.”

The deal was agreed upon 25 years ago between the former reverend of Wheeler Avenue and the late owner of Frenchy’s.

Marcus Cosby is the current reverend at Wheeler Avenue.

He says the new development is much needed.

“Our church has risen to about 16,000 members now, and so we need to accommodate that growth,” Cosby says. “So the sanctuary will probably seat about 3,000 to 3,500 members. And then we will have Christian education space, and recreational space, and educational space. All of that is included in the expansive process.”

Both establishments plan to start construction by the beginning of 2018.

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