Chick-fil-A is improving its footprint in the Jacksonville area, potentially opening a new site in northwestern St. Johns County and updating an existing location.
Earlier this month, the city issued a permit for the Atlanta-based company to upgrade the Chick-fil-A Atlantic & Hodges at 13375 Atlantic Boulevard for nearly $800,000, according to Jacksonville Daily Record. The company will renovate, change kitchen equipment, and implement other improvements. Melinda Sowers will remain as the operator for this location. Initially, the company anticipated to close this site later this year and demolish it for a new and improved site next year.
There is no exact timeline for these renovations, but the location is still open except on Sundays. Chick-fil-A is in the process of finishing up a drive-thru renovation for its River City Marketplace store at 14020 Lunar Drive in North Jacksonville. The location closed on September 8 for two weeks. Chick-fil-A plans to continue to renovate existing stores in the area, with at least 23 in Northeast Florida. While improving existing sites is always exciting, the company is also working on opening new locations in the area.
Chick-fil-A submitted plan reviews to JEA last week to propose a new location in St. Johns, at the intersection of Bartram Park Boulevard and Race Track Road, according to the Florida Times-Union. This would be just the first Chick-fil-A in northwest St. Johns and the third in the county. The company hopes to open a new 5,400-square-foot restaurant with 62 seats inside and another 16 outside, with a 23-car capacity two-lane drive-thru wrapping around three sides of the restaurant.