Monday, December 27, 2021

[UPDATE] Chick-fil-A to Go Under the Knife Near Piedmont Hospital in Buckhead

Chick-fil-A will next year complete yet another scrape & rebuild, this time on Peachtree Road in Buckhead.  The Atlanta-based chicken chain received all the necessary blessings earlier this year to construct a new restaurant in place of both its existing restaurant (1901 Peachtree Road) and its current neighbor, Peachtree Road Package Store (1895 Peachtree Road).  

The new Chick-fil-A will be situated parallel with Peachtree Road to provide both better access and to make better use of the combined parcels.  The current Chick-fil-A, which was built in 2000, is 5,407 square feet, whereas the new restaurant will be 5,862 square feet, according to planning documents. 

Documents supplied to the City of Atlanta in support of the redevelopment describe the restaurant as a "new, custom-designed 5,862 square-foot Chick-fil-A restaurant with a more efficient drive-through facility, pedestrian improvements, reconfiguration of traffic flow to utilize an existing signalized intersection, and extensive landscaping." 

In November, the Peachtree at Collier restaurant was awarded Chick-fil-A’s prestigious "Symbol of Success Award" for the third time in the past six years.  This award is given to restaurants that achieve a 20% sales increase over the previous year.  Owner-operator Bryan Auton currently operates the Chick-fil-A and will also operate the new restaurant.  

In 2014, plans called for the Chick-fil-A parcel, the liquor store, the former Harry's in a Hurry, and a dry cleaners next door to all be demolished and replaced by Cornerstone Medical Center, a $65 million medical building.  At the time, the Chick-fil-A was to be rebuilt as part of the medical facility, but those plans failed to materialize, and Chick-fil-A was later able to acquire the package store parcel for itself to complete its rebuild.  Earlier plans for the property also once included redevelopment into a Walgreens pharmacy, but it was panned by the nearby Brookwood Hills neighborhood.  

Due to the rezoning granted ahead of the planned 2014 development, Chick-fil-A had to get the property rezoned again.  

Peachtree Road Package Store is slated to close Friday, December 31, and is currently offering all in-stock wine for 20 percent off.  The package store has been in business since 1969 and was opened by NASCAR co-founder Raymond Parks.  

Planning documents indicate that the 1895 parcel (liquor store) is .34 acres and 1901 (current CFA) is .83 acres giving the new Chick-fil-A a combined 1.17 acre parcel.  Real estate records show that Chick-fil-A paid $6.5 million for the package store parcel November 15, 2021.  

Chick-fil-A has in recent years completed scrape & rebuilds of existing restaurants in Howell Mill Road on the Westside, Holcomb Bridge Road in Roswell and most recently, on December 2, on North Point Parkway in Alpharetta.  The company has completed several others around the state and also has several other slated to reopen in 2022 including those on Peachtree Road in Chamblee, Roswell Road in Marietta and the Original Dwarf House in Hapeville, among others.  

A Chick-fil-A Peachtree employee indicated that plans were pushed from a planned January closure to a currently planned March/April closure, and for the new restaurant to open during the fall of 2022.  

Are you pleased to see Chick-fil-A rebuilding its restaurant to be more driver and pedestrian-friendly?  What is your favorite Chick-fil-A menu item?  Do you think Chick-fil-A still serves the best chicken sandwich in town? 

Please share your thoughts below. 


Ham said...

I haven't had a drink in years and when I did only patronized this place once or twice. However, it still seems a little sad to see another long-time business close. Then again that is progress, and the new plan seems like a good one.

wasthenatlanta said...

I don't think that restaurant was opened in 2000. I was working at the Wachovia up the street when they Grand Opened- had to have been 2005-2006 time frame

wasthenatlanta said...

I don't think this location opened in 2000. I was working at the then Wachovia up the street when it Grand Opened. More like 2005-2006.

Alex said...

Yeah, I think you're right. It was a Black Eyed Pea restaurant until at least into the early 2000s before it became a CFA

Anonymous said...

GOLDMINE location across from Piedmont.

Bummer it will be closed for awhile but new one will be very nice I'm sure.

Anonymous said...

CFAs are all just drive-thrus now, aren’t they? Hate eating in my car, so I haven’t been to many fast food places since the rabies epidemic….

Anonymous said...

Says building built in 2000, not that it opened as a CFA then.

Anonymous said...

I don't drink so never been in the store, but I will never never spend a dime at a Chick Filet.

Anonymous said...

To grow your business by 20% is quite an accomplishment given the location, parking and dining room being closed.

Sorry to see other businesses close for this.

I miss the carrot and raisin salad, chicken salad sandwich and decaf coffee. They only have one size of milkshake now.

CFA has cut menu items and I am like the other person who doesn’t like to eat in my vehicle for a number of reasons.

Anonymous said...

I still think Chick-fil-A is the best chicken sandwich and they are wonderful at what they do. I was at the new Alpharetta location & was very impressed with the drive through.

Anonymous said...

The food at CFA is good, but I think most will agree that the service is always first class. Fast food customer service is the absolute worst no matter where one goes. McDonalds is disgusting, Burger King, you name. Wendy’s on RDA West End has the nastiest drive thru window. CFA gets it right.

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