The closing of the Chick-fil-A on Fairburn Road for reconstruction has been postponed until Feb. 17.
Mike Moore, the operator of Highway 5 and Fairburn Road Chick-fil-A locations, originally planned to close the Fairburn Road store last October, demolish it and build a new store at the same location.
But after coordinating with the Georgia Department of Transportation’s work on the Highway 92 relocation project and working to get city approval, the work has been pushed back twice, Moore said.
The expected finish date for the Fairburn Road Chick-fil-A, should be sometime in July, Moore said. The 22-year-old store will be four times bigger than the current one and should look similar to the Aker's Mill drive-through only location on Cobb Parkway near Cumberland Mall, which was recently remodeled.
The new Fairburn Road Chick-fil-A location will be much easier to access, Moore said.
He said customers going south on Highway 92 can turn right into the new store, those going north on Highway 92 can turn left on Duralee Lane and into the store or left in front of the new Lidl grocery store coming to the lot at 5922 Fairburn Road next to Chick-fil-A.
“We’ll go from one entrance and exit at Fairburn Road to four exits and entrances,” Moore said. “You won’t believe the number of access points and how easy it will be to get in and out of that restaurant.”
With the new construction dates for the Fairburn Road location, the date for rebuilding the Highway 5 Chick-fil-A been pushed back as well.
And not only has the date been changed for the Highway 5 store; plans for where the store is rebuilt may change slightly. The owner of the strip center just south of the Highway 5 Chick-fil-A where the Tokeo Japanese Steakhouse was located previously, told Moore the entire center is going to be up for sale soon.
Moore had originally said he planned to demolish the Highway 5 store and rebuild on the current site, using the lot behing him along West Stewart Mill Road for parking. Moore said while he still plans to stay at the corner of Highway 5 and West Stewart Mill, the possibility of having the old strip mall next door is appealing.
“The perfect scenario would be to be able to purchase that entire strip center, where the Tokyo restaurant and all of that used to be behind us, and push my building over and just be able to rebuild right there,” Moore said. “Either location, at the old Chevron across from the McDonald’s, that corner, or I think the corner I’m on I think are the two best corners for fast food during breakfast, lunch, and dinner. So I truly believe that’s a location as good as any, but we’ll see.”
The request for the variance to begin the reconstruction work on the Highway 5 site will be presented to the city council during a February or March meeting, according to Moore.
The restaurant was supposed to close towards the end of April of next year originally, but Moore said it will now close on Oct. 1, depending on when the Fairburn Road Chick-fil-A reopens.
The Highway 5 Chick-fil-A, like the Fairburn Road store, will be demolished and rebuilt. The new Highway 5 Chick-fil-A store is expected to be double the size of the current one that will sit parallel to Highway 5 unlike the current store, which is more perpendicular to the main road.
The Highway 5 renovated restaurant should resemble the newly remodeled Chick-fil-A restaurant on Windy Hill Road in Marietta. All employees will work shifts at nearby restaurants while the location is being renovated, Moore said.
Throughout the reconstruction periods of both Chick-fil-A locations, either store will remain to be open for Douglasville residents, so there should be no worries of in-city options.
“We would not [close both stores at once], oh my gosh, no,” Moore said with a laugh. “People know where I live, man. They might run me out of town!”