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Chick-Fil-A to open in West Asheville; 2nd location in Hendersonville looms
Wednesday, 02 October 2019 22:35

From Staff Reports


Chicken sandwich giant Chick-fil-A is planning to build a new restaurant with a drive-through off Smokey Park Highway in West Asheville.

The restaurant would be located at 139 Smokey Park Hwy in an outparcel lot owned by — and bordering — an Ingles grocery store.

It would be the Georgia-based fast food chain’s fifth restaurant within Asheville city limits. Current locations are on Merrimon Avenue, Tunnel Road, Hendersonville Road and within the Asheville Mall.

“While we are still early in the process, Chick-fil-A is happy to share that we are actively pursuing a new location in the Asheville area,” a company spokeswoman said in an email. “We look forward to working through the approval process with the city of Asheville and are excited by the prospect of joining this vibrant community.

“We hope to have the opportunity to serve new guests delicious food in an environment of genuine hospitality.” A timeline for the restaurant opening has not been disclosed. 

Prior to opening day, several city approvals, including from the Downtown Commission and the Planning and Zoning Commission, are required. 

In addition to the West Asheville restaurant, Chick-fil-A also is in negotiations for a second store location in Hendersonville on the site of a former Rite-Aid store at 604 Spartanburg Highway, according to the Hendersonville Lightning newspaper. 

At present, Hendersonville has just one Chick-fil-A eatery — at 52 Highlands Square Drive, off U.S. 64 East.

“The Rite-Aid property, which is 14,612 square feet on 1.5 acres, will accommodate ‘the newest evolution in store design,’ enabling Chick-fil-A to expand its catering capacity and serve Chicken Deluxe sandwiches, waffle fries and chicken nuggets even faster,” the Lightning reported Sept. 11. “The current location averages 160 meals an hour.”

Joel Benson, manager and owner of the current Hendersonville Chick-fil-A franchise who is seeking to win the second one, was quoted by the Lightning as saying, “This (Spartanburg Highway) one will average 180” meals an hour. “I honestly think that store will become Hendersonville’s Chick-fil-A. We’re thoroughly excited. I never would have thought we could have gotten that property.”

 



 


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