The Chick-Fil-A in Peachtree Corners closed at the end of Nov., due to remodeling, but is planning to be re-opened in May 2019. The store at 6105 Peachtree Parkway will be torn down, re-serviced and built back up for fresh new look. The new store will have an updated kitchen, seating and modern drive-thru lane. Local employees will be re-located to the nearby Chick-Fil-A location on Holcomb Bridge.
This fast food restaurant is a place where students enjoy breakfast before school, off campus lunch and meals provided by the Wesleyan Spirit Shop. Spirit Shop manager, Cathy Binion said, “We will still be providing Chick-Fil-A in the morning and during lunch.” The Wesleyan students and faculty will still be able to purchase meals on campus. “I couldn’t survive school without the Spirit Shop serving Chick-Fil-A,” said sophomore Katherine Graddy.
Binion said, “The operator of the 141 Chick-Fil-A location is also working at the Holcomb Bridge location, across from Ellard. He has graciously offered to deliver Chick-Fil-A, break and lunch, for the same cost as when we pick it up.” The Chick-Fil-A staff understands that the community is at loss with this location closing but is doing everything possible to keep there service as best as possible.
Many students were devastated that this location closed during the final months of the school year. Senior Jordyn Shackford said, “I am very sad that the Chick-Fil-A is closing my second semester senior year. Whenever I go off campus, that is where I eat, Whenever I go to breakfast in the morning with friends or my peer group, that is where I eat.”
Freshman Teagan Wilkenloh said, “I love going to Chick-Fil-A with my peer group.” This restaurant is a place where all students can go to spend time with one another. There are other places where students can eat, but Shackford said, “There is no where better to go than Chick-Fil-A.”
Student athletes would drive-thru after practice to grab a chicken sandwich and lemonade. Freshman Will Fuller said, “I go after practice sometimes,” with Chick-Fil-A being closed, “Zaxby’s is another option that I will go to,” Fuller continued to say. Some students are devoted to Chick-Fil-A, not willing to go to any other fast food restaurant. Junior Emma Kate Means said, “I will be going to a different location, so I don’t form separation anxiety.”
“I am disappointed to see Chick-Fil-A closing,” said Fuller. Chick-Fil-A offers a multitude of food options, from breakfast chicken minis, frosted coffees and chicken noodle soup for cold winter nights, no other fast food restaurants have these many selections. “It will be one less option for breakfast and lunch,” said senior Brian Sinclair.
Junior Wyatt Copeland said, “I am sure many of the people here are very sad, including myself, but I am hoping we can attack this struggle and a school and community. After a few weeks, I am sure people will adjust to the adversity at hand.”
The Wesleyan community is losing a great, local Chick-Fil-A, but it will be back in a few months, with a new modern look. The Wesleyan Spirit Shop is excited to have a larger inventory of Chick-Fil-A sold to the students and faculty. This specific Chick-Fil-A location is one of many restaurants in the chain to close for re-modeling. The devastation the community is showing about this store closing shows the love everyone has for the food, environment and quick, kind service Chick-Fil-A offers.