DECATUR — Chick-Fil-A fans, Thursday is your day.
A pop-up Chick-Fil-A will be in the parking lot at Ashley Furniture Homestore, 3705 N. Water St., from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday with a limited menu.
“We have a lot of people from Decatur drive to see us and we just wanted to come to them,” said Elizabeth Wright, catering director of the Chick-Fil-A in White Oaks Mall, Springfield.
While she is not aware of any plans, as yet, to open a store in Decatur, the hope is that the pop-up can visit weekly, weather permitting. It will be a tent and catering truck in the parking lot, so weather will be a factor.
Ashley owner John Harrison called the event a collaboration among the city of Decatur, Ashley and Chick-Fil-A.
“They reached out to us and we formed an arrangement, an agreement to bring them in,” he said. “We know a lot of people are excited to see them.”
The location at the corner of North Water Street and Mound Road, with Ashley, Target, Starbucks and Olive Garden, is a busy one for traffic, he said, which is how it was chosen.
"We don't know the extent (of the company's plans), whether it's a trial market or they just want to bring their services here," said Tim Dudley, the city's development development coordinator. "Either way, we're glad to have them here. People have been clamoring for Chick-Fil-A for years. We don't know what it will lead to, but we hope it's a permanent store someday."
The menu on Thursday will include Chick-Fil-A chicken sandwiches, chocolate chunk cookies and waffle potato chips while supplies last.
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Contact Valerie Wells at (217) 421-7982. Follow her on Twitter: @modgirlreporter
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