Chick-fil-A has submitted a Final Development Plan to the Owensboro Metropolitan Planning Commission and is seeking approval so they can move forward with the project. The plan details the proposed layout of the restaurant’s building and parking lot. The property is on KY 54 in front of Walmart.
The site would span two adjacent properties, combining 3123 and 3107 Leitchfield Road (also called KY 54) into a single track for redevelopment. That’s the site of the former Bob Evans restaurant plus the lot directly west, respectively.
Per the Final Development Plan, Chick-fil-A’s building would sit on the far east side of the property, and the entrance would be perpendicular to KY 54 (meaning it would face west toward the parking lot).
The entry/exit would be in the same location as it was for Bob Evans, at the southeast corner of the Walmart parking lot.
The double-lane drive-thru would function similarly to the Chick-fil-A on Frederica Street. It essentially circles the outside of the property, with drivers picking up their food under a covered area on the back side of the building.
The site would also have roughly 50 parking spaces. The building would be 48,522 square feet, but the number of seating is not detailed in the Final Development Plan.
Earlier this month, Owensboro City Commissioners approved annexing both lots to the city. That move came shortly after the OMPC approved rezoning 3107 Leitchfield Road from a P-1 Professional/Service to a B-4 General Business.
The rezoning request was submitted to the Owensboro Metropolitan Planning Commission on July 20 and said the proposed land use was for “part of a Chick-fil-A restaurant.” The applicant was listed as Allan Wiley with GBC Design, Inc. — an engineering company that has worked with planning commissions in other cities to build Chick-fil-A locations. The co-applicant was Chick-fil-A and Todd Williams, whose title is Director, Strategic Reinvestment at Chick-fil-A Corporate.
Both lots are owned by California businessman Jacob Fedder. He purchased them for a combined $2.1 million on July 14, 2021, under the Mali 54 LLC.
The news of a potential new Chick-fil-A location was first reported by Owensboro Times in December 2021, when a spokesperson said the company “is happy to share that we are actively pursuing a new location in the Owensboro area.” The spokesperson has said multiple times since then that they had no further comment.
Owensboro’s current Chick-fil-A, located at 4601 Frederica Street, opened in November 2009.