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Friday, July 22, 2022

Is Chick-fil-A coming to the South Hill?

 The chicken wars might soon be heating up even more around Spokane. As many know Chick-fil-A officially entered the Spokane market with a location at 9304 N. Newport Hwy. in Dec. of 2020. It was quite the opening with drive thru lines snaking thru the surrounding neighborhood for several days.

But, now two years later it looks like Chick-fil-A is working one adding a second location in the Lilac City. No permits have been applied for, but San Diego based 4G Development & Consulting did file for a pre-development conference with the city this week for what is shown in the public record documents as a new Chick-fil-A restaurant in the South Hill's Lincoln Heights neighborhood.

Plans can change, and they can even potentially be cancelled, but the current development plan calls for the new restaurant to be built new on the southwest corner of 29th & Regal. The site, which is already largely vacant would be cleared to make way for a new 4,987 SF Chick-fil-A restaurant building, it is to feature a double drive through, enough indoor dining for 90 and a new 113 stall surface parking lot. No mention of an estimated constriction timeline or opening date just yet.

The info on this possible new Chick-fil-A come on the heels of their competitor, Popeye's Louisiana Kitchen, also showing an attempt at coming to the Spokane area. Popeye's has a location now in Post Falls and once planned a store at Division & Lyons but backed out of that site. Recently a new franchise owner put in pre-development paperwork for a new Popeye's on Newport Hwy. by the Y (ironically by the existing Chick-fil-A) and another close off of US 2 by the Spokane / Airway Heights border. Those also have not yet been issued building permits.

We will continue to keep an eye on these projects and other new restaurant news in the Spokane area.