Chick-fil-A plans to move restaurant inside city

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The rumors are true.

The Chick-fil-A restaurant located in the Hunt Club area will relocate to 2488 E. Semoran Blvd., Apopka, an outparcel of Piedmont Plaza, which is located at the southeast corner of the intersection of Semoran Boulevard (State Road 436) and Piedmont-Wekiwa Road. The new site is located inside the Apopka city limits.

Britt Ratledge, owner-operator of the Chick-fil-A that’s currently located in Seminole County at 3050 E. Semoran Boulevard, about a mile east of where the new restaurant will be, confirmed Monday, July 12, that the plan to move is official.

“The deal was signed today. We are relocating to the old BB&T Bank building right there by Hobby Lobby and Garibaldi,” Ratledge said.

He added that he had no other details, such as a timeline for construction of a new restaurant at the site within the city limits of Apopka.

However, Ratledge did say that he expects customers to be served more quickly because the new Chick-fil-A will be much larger than the current building. The current building is about 3,300 square feet.

“It’s going to be more efficient and we’ll be able to serve guests more efficiently, just because we’ll have a bigger kitchen, more equipment,” he said.

Ratledge said he expects that Chick-fil-A will tear down the vacant bank building and will build a new restaurant rather than retrofit the current building there.

Ratledge has been a Chick-fil-A owner-operator for 31 years, nearly 25 of them at the current location that he opened in December 1996.

This story is featured as is on page 1A of the Friday, July 16, issue of The Apopka Chief.

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