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Owensboro’s Chick-fil-A to temporarily close starting June 3 for $1.4M project

May 1, 2021 | 12:04 pm

Updated May 3, 2021 | 9:05 am

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Owensboro’s Chick-fil-A will close June 3 and re-open in late July as the restaurant undergoes an “update,” according to an announcement made Monday morning. Owensboro Times first reported on Saturday that the location is expected to undergo a renovation costing nearly $1.4 million.

According to a Facebook post by restaurant officials:

“We are excited to share that our restaurant will be getting an update! We will close on Thursday, June 3rd at 9pm to start the process. Stay tuned to our Facebook page for updates on our progress. We are excited to serve the community and will tentatively be re-opening in late July.”

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On Saturday, OT reported that a building permit was issued on April 20, with with the project description of a “small addition and interior remodel” and a construction cost totaling $1,390,021. The building permit applicant was Andrew Micham, president of Horizon Construction Company based out of Alpharetta, Georgia. 

Late last year, Chick-fil-A purchased additional property valued at $46,000, with local officials saying at the time the move was to expand parking.

The property is at 735 Carlton Drive — located behind the Shell gas station that is next to Chick-fil-A. In December 2020, local officials said the property would be used to build additional spaces for employees and customers during busy dining times. 

Dining room and carry-out services are already suspended at the Owensboro location due to COVID-19.

Corporate officials declined to provide any additional details on the renovation at the time of original publication of this article. 

According to a 2019 article in Chick-fil-A’s in-house publication The Chicken Wire, “The typical lifespan of a freestanding Chick-fil-A is 30 years, and within that timeframe, each restaurant receives at least one full-scale renovation, requiring an overhaul inside and out. The only question is when it’ll happen.”

The article further reads, “The Strategic Reinvestment Team’s decision-making process is guided by two major factors: capacity and age, both which impact the customer experience. The former addresses issues like small kitchens and single-lane drive-thrus. The latter deals with dated facilities like furniture, counters, awnings and playgrounds. Most restaurants get their renovation within the 13- to 18-year half-life window.”

Owensboro’s Chick-fil-A opened in November 2009.

May 1, 2021 | 12:04 pm

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