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South Forsyth Chick-fil-A to rebuild, close for construction

A south Forsyth Chick-fil-A is getting a new building, but will close for a few months as work is completed.

At a meeting on Thursday, Forsyth County Commissioners voted 5-0 to approve alternate design approval for Chick-fil-A at 3643 Peachtree Parkway.

“What we’re proposing is we’d like to completely rebuild our site here,” said Joseph Latimer, a senior program manager with Chick-fil-A. “We’ve been here about 22 years and have a really small building with a lot of business. We’d really like to rebuild it so that we can have a better site layout to help customers get on and off the site a lot quicker and a lot better.”

Latimer said the company needed a variance to an overlay on the property to keep parking spaces on the site.

“You have so many customers we would be hurting ourselves if we cut your parking down because they’re going to be parking on the road,” said District 4 Commissioner Cindy Jones Mills.

The new building will have twin drive-thru lanes and other additions to improve the flow of customers.

The bad news for fans of the restaurant is though improvements are coming, the store will be closed for a couple of months for the rebuild. The rebuild is estimated to take 16 to 18 weeks.

“The building will be completely torn down and the square-footage will increase,” Latimer said. “Because we’ll have a much larger kitchen, we’ll be able to handle the volume better, which will also increase opportunities for catering and stuff like that too, and also create a much better environment for our team members.” 

The new building will have a design unlike any other in the county. 

“We’ve actually just changed our prototype about a year or two ago, so there aren’t too many of what we’re going to build yet,” Latimer said.