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Chick-fil-A breaks ground in Leesburg

photoThe new Chick-fil-A is set to open later this year in the Target and Kohl’s shopping center on Edwards Ferry Road in Leesburg. Times-Mirror Staff Photo/ Laura Peters

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.


I really never thought I’d see the day when Leesburg got a Chick-fil-a, a Jimmy John’s, and a Pinkberry.  It’s almost too much excitement for this town’s people to handle!  Now if we could only get a few more larger restaurants that serve something other than wings or kabobs.

Uh, folks, it’s just fast food.

Awesome company, good people, great food at a reasonable price.

“I just hope they hire ALL PROPER ENGLISH speaking employees, its hard to get a correct order thru ANY drive thru in Leesburg and the surrounding areas..yeah its that bad.” ... Seriously? Let us know when you learn to speak English properly. You used the wrong “its” TWICE (i.e., you should have used “it’s”), not to mention the horrid attempt at grammar in the first sentence.

Ward Cleaver, funny you have a name just like the character in Leave it Beaver.  Which I guess is kind of ironic considering that most of the folks that complain want to live just like it was in the 50’s.  Like has been said times change, deal with it or move to Cleveland.  Honestly, you are complaining about a Chick-fil-a being built on a empty parking lot that is already there. 


I need to do more with my life…....

@ Richard Todd

Having clean, friendly places to take your kid out = low IQ? 

Times change and places change with them.  If you don’t like the “new” Leesburg, there are ****holes like Cleveland and the rust belt that will gladly accept your superior intellect.

For me, I’ll stay put and enjoy a healthy, growing community with a strong economy.  You know, because I’m too dumb to know any better.

I don’t mind the apartments and town homes right near the walmart so much but if the town could pursuade The Fields to revamp and go a little more upscale and make the townhomes across plaza st nicer, I feel like it would have a huge impact on Leesburg in a positive way. It would help with the NE sector a good bit.
As for the Chic Fil A, even though I don’t agree with the ideologies of the founder, there’s no denying it’s a good place to eat. It’s nice to have good customer service and spoken to in the english language coherently*. They keep their restaurants clean too.
*English is not my native tongue (it is Persian, actually) but I am a believer that a person should quickly learn the language of any nation they live in. You don’t have to lose identity to learn a language.

Chick-Fil-A is one of the best run fast food companies around.  They treat their employees well and more importantly, that translates to superior service to their customers.  As someone who lives nearby, I’m shocked its taken this long to put one in Leesburg.  I know the owners of the east Sterling and Reston locations and I know they’ve been trying for a LONG time.

The traffic is an issue in that corridor but we tend to avoid that plaza on weekends in any case.  This won’t change.

I couldn’t agree with you more.  What’s with all this complaining.  I live 2 miles from work because I’m one lucky fella!  I don’t worry about traffic, the illegals, the gangs, the drugs our kids our doing, the lack of funding for education, the eventual loss of social security benefits, the state of our nation or anything else!  You know, because like TG, I’m a fictional TV land character!

on the move, could not agree with you more….It’s absolutely ridiculous the amount on complaining that goes on.  Really people, if you don’t want traffic, growth, new houses, basically anything new, MOVE….Go to Buffalo, Cleveland, Detroit, won’t have to worry about any of it.  Seriously, complain because you think it’s the THING TO DO, but yet you all take advantage of what our area offers.  The DC area has added a ton of people in the last 20 years, were they all suppose to live inside the beltway, get over yourselves.

That felt great!!!!!!!

I’m one Leesburg person happy to see this.  Now, if us SE residents could finally get a gas station in Oaklawn, instead of a damn bank then we would really be happy!

I just hope they hire ALL PROPER ENGLISH speaking employees, its hard to get a correct order thru ANY drive thru in Leesburg and the surrounding areas..yeah its that bad.

@Feed Up In Leesburg
Just think when the Battlefield extension is completed between Edwards Ferry and Fort Evans a lot of people will be able to get to Target/Coco/Kohl’s and Chick Fil a without traveling on the 15 bypass.


Chic Fil a is a great place to eat and work.  Both my children worked at a Chick Fil a while in High School.

I think what really bothers the anti-God crowd here is that even though the restaurant is closed one day a week it does not hurt their business. They do very well and are right up there with McD’s in sales. pretty amazing…..

I find it funny that no matter what the article is on here that its always the same result. Leesburg/Loudoun residents COMPLAINING about everything. Get out from under that covered rock you all live under.

It’s just a fast food restaurant people. If this what get’s you exited in life, you really need to do something else.
Hey Frank. There’s one on route 7 right next to the Coney Island diner in front of Burlington Coat factory.
When trying to get out of the Lowe’s and Walmart area, try going behind the Walmart. It’s faster.

@Fed Up In Leesburg,

“Too bad the housing market is in the toilet or I would have sold and bailed on the city when they announced the Battlefield Pkwy expansion.”

Umm… maybe you shouldn’t have bought in the first place.  Battlefield Pkwy has been planned for at least 15 years.  These “expansions” of Battlefield Parkway are simply building segments of the road that have been on the books for years and years.

Granted the places are well kept and their chicken sandwiches are tasty but really, putting this in the Target/Costco parking lot is insane. That place is a nightmare and twice as bad on the weekend. Meanwhile, instead of fixing the traffic problem the city of Leesburg spends taxpayer dollars on redirecting traffic down through residential areas. Now with the intersections on 15/Edwards Ferry/Ft Evans getting worse it is only going to force me traffic through the residential neighborhoods. Too bad the housing market is in the toilet or I would have sold and bailed on the city when they announced the Battlefield Pkwy expansion.

Too crowded of a shopping center, although the Sterling location might be the worst location ever created.  Getting out of there is impossible with the Lowes and Wal Mart traffic.

The other problem is this is too close to the Leesburg ghetto down past Wal Mart.  It’s too bad, Chick fil a is one of the few fast food joints I like.

@Shawn in Leesburg: Yes, the order just sits for an extra day.  So people seeking immediate gratification shop elsewhere.  For many shoppers its not a big deal, but they do lose some business that one day each week.

@ChickenJeezus: Yes, it would be hypocritical to applaud Chick-fil-A for being closed on Sunday and therefore not making their employees work on Sunday, but then go to another establishment on Sunday.  Keeping Sunday as a day of rest also includes not unnecessarily making others work on Sunday.

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