First Slice 10-5-05: Chik-fil-A is coming to Vine City

The 4,000-square-foot location is to open in early 2017 and create a minimum of 50-60 new job opportunities for area residents

While New Yorkers continue to salivate over Manhattan's first freestanding Chik-fil-A opening, the Atlanta-based chain has announced plans to open its first freestanding location in Atlanta's Vine City. This comes just eight months after CEO Dan Cathy's likened the neighborhood to "a scene out of Baghdad" after touring the 30314 area code near the forthcoming Mercedes-Benz Stadium. In addition to the new restaurant, he announced a $300,000 to the Westside Future Fund via the Chik-fil-A Foundation. The 4,000-square-foot location is to open in early 2017 and create a minimum of 50-60 new job opportunities for area residents. It will be constructed next to the Walmart at the corner of Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. and Lowery Boulevard.
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