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11/3/2017 3:51:00 PM
Lincolnton Is Test Market For Chick-fil-A

Wayne Howard
Staff Writer

A lot of people in Lincolnton have been asking loud and long for a Chick-fil-A restaurant.  The first Chick-fil-A in Lincoln County opened in September of last year on Highway 73 near the Highway 16 intersection.  Shannon Holland, who had already operated a Chick-fil-A in Charlotte brought that one to Lincoln County.  It has been packed ever since.

Lincolnton didn't meet the demographic criteria Chick-fil-A wanted.  But they finally agreed to let Irvin give it a try--in both Lincolnton and Lexington.  Irvin approached city leaders last winter, and they suggested some possible sites.  He also talked with leaders in Lexington, which also failed to meet the usual criteria.

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In March, the Lexington City Council approved a permit for the new Chick-fil-A there, a 4,988-square-foot restaurant with a drive-thru, outdoor dining area and indoor playground at 75 Plaza Parkway, off of Cotton Grove Road. That's just off Interstate 85--and that was an important part of the location decision.

In Lincolnton, the new Chick-fil-A, approved by the City Council at its meeting Thursday night (Nov. 2nd) will be next to Peoples Bank on East Main Street--just off US321, which is very much like an interstate highway.

The new restaurant here--like the one in Lexington--will be a bit smaller than some Chick-fil-A locations.

Lexington, like Lincolnton, had opined for a Chick-fil-A for a long time. Lexington City Manager Alan Carson said his city made contact with the development company through a partnership with ElectriCities, another member of the Lexington Business Consortium.

“This has been a three-and-a-half-year project,” Carson said. “We spent a long time courting these representatives; it took three years just to get a real estate representative to look at us.”

In Lincolnton, the Youth Advisory Council created a video presentation in 2015 that was sent to the CEO of Chick-fil-A, Dan Cathy.  CLICK HERE to see that presentation.  Last year's Youth Advisory Council followed up with a letter to Cathy, but despite their efforts, it wasn't the cute video or the letter than finally appears to have succeeded in bringing Chick-fil-A to town.  It was a business decision--and if our guess is right, the test markets will prove to be very successful.  

So next year, you'll be able to get your Chick-fil-A in Lincolnton. Until then, get in line with the crowd at the Denver location.


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