By David B. Strickland
Poultry Times Staff
GAINESVILLE, Ga. — The Atlanta, Ga.-based Chick-fil-A currently operates more than 1,900 restaurant locations in 42 states, and opens new locations at a rate of approximately 100 a year.
The location in Gainesville, Ga., recently celebrated, not a new opening, but with a reopening in a new facility. Gainesville’s Chick-fil-A was a popular eatery in its Pearl Nix Parkway site for 19 years, but on June 17, it reopened in a new location on Dawsonville Highway.
“We are excited about our new location in Gainesville, Ga.,” said Bobby Shoemaker, owner/operator of Chick-fil-A Gainesville/West. “We feel like it gives us the opportunity to serve the Gainesville community in a way that is unique and efficient.”
The new Chick-fil-A in Gainesville features a double drive-thru for outside orders, as well as a larger inside dining area than the previous location. This new facility features what the chain is calling a “heritage” design, presenting such features as peach basket light fixtures.
The location also features a centerline kitchen and the ability to seat 25 more customers than the previous location.
“It is a much more modern design that we feel matches our brand,” Shoemaker said.
The past 12 months have marked a year of celebrations for Chick-fil-A; 2014 saw the 50th anniversary of the restaurants trademark Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwich; and 2015 sees the 20th anniversary of the chain’s popular advertising mascots, the “Eat Mor Chikin” Cows.