ZAB approves Union Grove Chick-fil-A

The zoning advisory board considered a variance request for a new Chick-fil-A during its meeting on Thursday, January 14. The board approved the variance to reduce the front building setback.

The new Chick-fil-A, planned in the Union Grove area, features a dual-lane drive-thru. The larger drive-thru is standard practice on all new Chick-fil-A’s to facilitate more vehicles. The variance request was necessary to best support the dual-lane drive-thru and site parking.

Concept site plan (Bowman Consulting photo)

The 1.17 +/- acre property is located off state route 155. The land is situated between Advance Auto Parts and Wendy’s. It was previously rezoned, as part of a larger tract, to C-2 (general commercial) in 1999.

The outparcels for the Kroger Marketplace continue to develop, despite the store’s halted construction. Kroger stopped building as part of a nationwide restructuring. Chick-fil-A will be the latest outparcel to build following Burger King and Wendy’s. Only the largest outparcel measuring 2.25 acres remains available next to Burger King.

Moving Henry Forward reported in October that Chick-fil-A is planning a Locust Grove location. The company requested from the city and received a similar variance to reduce the front setback. Likewise, the Locust Grove variance helps to support the larger drive-thru. Construction should start this year.

The company recently started a tear-down of the Chick-fil-A in Eagle’s Landing off I-75. The store plans to reopen in the summer with a new building and site layout.

Credit for the featured image to a new Chick-fil-A that opened in November 2020 in Douglas, GA. The image may not be reflective of the planned build in Union Grove.

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