Eating more chicken will definitely be an option for hungry Loudouners upon the completion of a new Chick-fil-A restaurant in Leesburg.
Builders broke ground for the new, fast food restaurant June 27 in the unused parking lot in front of the Target and Kohl’s shopping center on Edwards Ferry Road. Town staff project a fall 2011 opening – builders are shooting to open as early as Thanksgiving.
At a Leesburg Town Council work session that same day, council members shared their excitement over the chain’s fourth opening in Loudoun. The chain also has a Sterling location and several restaurants in the Dulles area.
The Leesburg restaurant will be 4,663 square feet with a drive-thru and outdoor seating.
“Based on the number of inquiries we’ve gotten at Town Hall about Chick-fil-A coming to Leesburg, I have no doubt that their new restaurant will be very successful,” Leesburg Town Manager John Wells said. “In addition, Chick-fil-A has a great reputation as an excellent corporate citizen and community supporter. We look forward to their opening later this year.”
Leesburg’s Chick-fil-A will be owned and operated by Danielle O’Dell. O’Dell has been working for Chick-fil-A since she was 17 years-old, and her entire family works for the chain. She also met her husband while working at one of the restaurants.
“I look forward to bringing a Chick-fil-A to Leesburg that will wow each and every guest,” O’Dell said. “It is my goal to have a team that will provide all guests with a VIP red carpet experience.”
On July 8, patrons who dress up like a cow will get free Chick-fil-A for their “Cow Appreciation Day” at one of the open restaurants. Council member Marty Martinez pointed out a website that helps patrons make cow costumes, making all the council members laugh at the idea of dressing up like cows.
Chick-fil-A was started in 1946 by Truett Cathy when he opened The Dwarf Grill in Hapeville, Ga.
Cathy was credited with inventing Chick-fil-A’s chicken sandwich in the early 1960s, according to a news release. Chick-fil-A is the second largest “quick-serve chicken restaurant chain” and has more than 1,500 locations in 39 states and Washington, D.C., according to a statement.
For more information go to chick-fil-a.com.
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