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Chick-fil-A prepares to open second location

Posted: June 2, 2014 - 3:03pm
MICHELLE CORBET — STAFF PHOTO
Alan Kizer, owner and operator of Chick-fil-A of Conway Commons, stands in front of his second location on Prince Street opening in July with Sarah Duggan, lead director for the new Prince Street location, (left) and Tiffany Bonds, area director and general manager of Chick-fil-A of Conway Commons (right).

Alan Kizer, owner and operator of Chick-fil-A of Conway Commons, is preparing to open his second location at 2510 Prince Street.

Kizer said it was obvious with a full parking lot and crowded drive-thru; the people of Conway needed more access to Chick-fil-A.

Kizer also liked the idea of building a location near a residential area, he said. The mission statement for the new restaurant is “Bring Chick-fil-A closer to your home.”

When the opportunity to locate in front of Walmart Neighborhood Market presented itself, Kizer said, the Chick-fil-A real estate department decided to purchase the outparcel.

In June of 2012, when the Conway City Council approved zoning for Neighborhood Walmart, they simultaneously zoned the outparcel in front of the grocery store as Commercial-2 solely for a proposed Chick-fil-A.

According to Faulkner County property assessor records, Walmart sold its outparcel to Chick-fil-A Inc. for $726,000 at the first of the year, breaking ground soon thereafter.

The new location will have a dual drive-thru ordering point designed to expedite the drive-thru process with a single lane that splits into two ordering stations and reconnects to continue to the drive-thru window.

Sarah Duggan, lead director for the new Prince Street location, said the new advanced kitchen will enable the staff to produce meals at a quicker pace and work more efficiently.

Located next to Tucker Creek Walking/Biking Trailhead, the Prince Street location will have a patio area with more outdoor seating than what is available at Chick-fil-A of Conway Commons, Kizer said.

The indoor play area will feature an interactive section for toddlers, and the Prince Street Chick-fil-A will create 60 new jobs in the community, Kizer said.

Kizer is tentatively planning a grand opening on July 17, but if it continues to rain, he said, the grand opening could be delayed to the following Thursday, July 24.

Chick-fil-A will celebrate the grand opening of the new restaurant by giving away a free Chick-fil-A meal per week for one year — a total of 52 meals — to the first 100 adults in line on opening day.

The “First 100” celebration draws Chick-fil-A raving fans up to 24 hours in advance, Kizer said, with registration beginning on Wednesday.

They arrive with tents, airbeds, TVs, laptops, gaming systems and other activities to pass the time while they camp out overnight, he said.

Since the event began in October 2003, Chick-fil-A has given away more than $20 million in free food.

For the past three years, Chick-fil-A of Conway Commons has been the highest grossing restaurant in Conway based on annual restaurant sales.

According to Pulse of Conway data, Chick-fil-A of Conway Commons made nearly $4.5 million in 2013. The restaurant is on track to remain in the number one spot with nearly $1.1 million as of March, Pulse of Conway says.

The data measures strictly food sales, Kizer said. Alcoholic beverage sales are not included. “If they were,” he said, “I’m not sure if we would still be number one.”

Tiffany Bonds, area director and general manager of Chick-fil-A of Conway Commons, said she personally feels Chick-fil-A has been so successful in Conway because the staff gets to now their customers on a first hand basis.

Duggan said Chick-fil-A’s corporate goal is to make a positive influence.

“We make a positive influence by reaching out to the community,” she said.

Chick-fil-A of Conway Commons “reaches out to the community” by hosting events for families such as Superheroes Night and Prince and Princess Night.

The restaurant also hosts Spirit Night to raise money for various organizations throughout the community. Similar events will be hosted at the new restaurant.

“The City of Conway has supported the Commons so well,” Kizer said, and it will be difficult to make the second location as successful as the first, he said.

“It took us ten years to get Commons to the level it is today,” Kizer said.

Kizer said he anticipates the new location to have some impact on the Conway Commons location, but is putting a plan in place to minimize any adverse affect, “whatever it may be,” he said.

If it had not been for Conway’s overwhelming support, Kizer said, Chick-fil-A would not have the ability to open a second location.

“There aren’t a lot of towns of 60,000 that have two Chick-fil-As,” Kizer said. “That just doesn’t happen.”

(Staff writer Michelle Corbet can be reached by email at michelle.corbet@thecabin.net or by phone at 505-1215. Send us your news at www.thecabin.net/submit)

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Elmer Fudd
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Elmer Fudd 06/02/14 - 03:56 pm
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Great

gets me of Oak and on Prince. A lesser of two evils I think.

c'mon man
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c'mon man 06/03/14 - 08:17 am
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Has anyone

in the gay rights community asked Chick-fil-A about having a fundraiser there? I would be curious as to what they would say. I doubt it would be turned down just like they don't turn down any of the other community groups who have fundraisers there.

It seems that the gay rights community expects everyone to come running to them to support them. The last time I checked, most of the community groups in town actually go out and ask for support if they want it.

reader
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reader 06/03/14 - 09:15 am
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Before I answer that question

answer one for me. What planet are you on?

c'mon man
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c'mon man 06/04/14 - 08:33 am
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My answer

I'm on Earth. Now back to my original question...seriously. Has anyone approached Chick-fil-A about having a fundraiser there?

mikeng1994
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mikeng1994 06/03/14 - 09:53 am
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Why????

Why did this story of a successful businessman expanding his operation end up talking about how unfair the gays are treated?

Will you people just drop it? Nobody cares you are gay and don't like Chick-fil-A. Seriously, NOBODY!! I mean that with sincerity too. Be gay, be proud, just stop with the freakin crying at every oppurtunity.

crypted quill
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crypted quill 06/03/14 - 11:17 am
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Why? Ask President Huckabee,

Why?

Ask President Huckabee, WHY? The "Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day,"...

"The goal is simple: Let's affirm a business that operates on Christian principles and whose executives are willing to take a stand for the Godly values we espouse by simply showing up and eating at Chick Fil-A on Wednesday, August 1. Too often, those on the left make corporate statements to show support for same sex marriage, abortion, or profanity, but if Christians affirm traditional values, we're considered homophobic, fundamentalists, hate-mongers, and intolerant." Lord Master HuckAbuck

mikeng1994
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mikeng1994 06/03/14 - 07:31 pm
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Probably the first true thing

Probably the first true thing you have ever posted

reader
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reader 06/03/14 - 07:00 pm
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uh, Mike

where in this article did you read "how unfair the gays are treated?"

Gay or not, I don't like their processed chicken.

I realize trying to explain complex situations to you is futile, so I'll stop there.

mikeng1994
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mikeng1994 06/03/14 - 07:36 pm
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You and the alphabet soup

You and the alphabet soup brought it up in the comments. I am a tard just for answering you.

"Gay or not, I don't like their processed chicken." I repeat NOBODY cares

mikeng1994
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mikeng1994 06/04/14 - 06:33 am
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Good idea. And so Quill can

Good idea. And so Quill can adjust his count, I am now 5 Guns mike, since I acquired a pistol over the weekend.

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