Chick-fil-A set to return

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Posted: Saturday, May 11, 2013 3:10 pm

MORGANTON – Cows encouraging you to eat more chicken will soon be seen in Morganton again.

Chick-fil-A, the national chain operated by Dallas Stoudenmire in Morganton, will re-open before the beginning of 2014.

“We do have a deal on a piece of land smack dab between Cook-Out and Allison’s,” Stoudenmire said.

Stoudenmire owned the Chick-fil-A restaurant on Enola Road before it closed in August 2011 due to a road widening project. Since its closing, Burke County has been without the popular chain.

“We are still on schedule to have the store open before the New Year,” he said. “I am through the roof.”

Stoudenmire owns another Chick-fil-A franchise in Charlotte and is excited to resume operations closer to home.

“I’m looking forward to stop driving to Charlotte every day,” he said.

Construction on the new store will begin in July with plans to open in December.

The restaurant will employ 55 people.

“It’s about five more than I had,” he said.

Allison’s Family Restaurant and Cook-Out do not expect the addition of Chick-fil-A to hurt sales.

“I’m not worried,” said Kim Raper, manager of Allison’s Family Restaurant. “Because the Cook-Out didn’t affect us.”

Cook-Out had similar feelings on the addition.

“I am a firm believer that business breeds business,” Cook-Out general manager Kendall Childres said. “They can store and park more busses and cars so it will probably help out. We’re excited.”