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Village Board Approves Plan Report, Chick-fil-A on the Way

The popular fast-food chain will likely begin construction on its new location in the spring of next year with an eye on opening the restaurant in August.

The village's board of trustees voted unanimously on Tuesday to approve a series of special use permits and a final development plan that will make the a reality.

A spokesman for Woolpert, the company applying for the new development, said the popular fast-food chain will likely begin construction on its new location in the spring of next year with an eye on opening the restaurant in August. 

The restaurant will build at 245 N. Weber Rd., right in front of the  located at the intersection of Weber Road and Boughton Road.

Chick-fil-A is expected to hand over its building plans to the village later this week.

Bolingbrook Mayor Roger Claar said Chick-fil-A, which has a cult following across the country, will be a great addition to the village's business landscape.

Having never tried the chicken-oriented restaurant before because there are no locations in Bolingbrook, Claar said he hopes construction crews make quick progress so he could taste what all the hype is about.

Now, the closest Chick-fil-A locations are Aurora,  and .

The restaurant is famous for giving its first 100 qualified customers of a newly-opened restaurants free Chick-fil-A for a year.

From the Chick-fil-A website:

It's always exciting when a new Chick-fil-A Restaurant opens. But it's especially rewarding for 100 people who will be chosen to participate in the Grand Opening.

That's because each of the "First 100" qualified participants at the Grand Opening of a Chick-fil-A Restaurant who comply with the Official Rules will receive a Grand Prize of one Chick-fil-A Meal - Chicken Sandwich, Chick-fil-A Waffle Potato Fries® and drink – per week for a year (equating to 52 meals).

jrmk September 29, 2011 at 12:34 AM
There are a number of smaller sites in town, and anything can be adapted to their needs. Architectural imagination? And, what about the vacant 'Annette' restaurant at Boughton and Weber?
Mike September 29, 2011 at 12:59 PM
it's all about location. Chik-Fil-A knows which quadrant of an intersection will work, and which one won't. No vacant existing properties worked for them.
Marie September 29, 2011 at 02:32 PM
An empty store front does not sound like a good option for a fast food restaurant. Drive-up customers are a larger portion of their business. That would not be possible with either Michael's or the Famous Footwear locations. With Annette's, I'm not sure if it's the location or the type of food that caused them to fail. I think that they spent more time getting the store ready than they did serving food. Either way, it's a business decision to choose which location they want and how cost effective it would be to build new compared to remodeling an existing location.
Steve September 29, 2011 at 03:39 PM
Annettes failed because of poor business planning. Some folks don't understand that being their own boss has more pressures than having a boss. One can't open and close whenever they want and expect to stay in business very long. I agree that big box locations would be a bad idea for a fast food place. Square peg, round hole, etc.
walt scherff September 29, 2011 at 04:19 PM
I've never been in a Chik-Fil-A, but most chains have a standard plan for their stores- along with experience in what works for their brand-- Pretty hard to sell the man with the money he can't have what he wants because you think you know what will work better than he does

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