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    New Chick-fil-A location planned for uptown Pensacola

    By Edward Bunch III, Pensacola News Journal,


    One of the nation’s most popular restaurant chains could add another location in Escambia County.

    A new Chick-fil-A was proposed for Pensacola on Wednesday that developers currently plan to build in between Bubba’s 33 and the incoming Jim N’ Nicks BBQ restaurant on North Davis Highway.

    Unlike many of the chain’s restaurants, this Chick-fil-A will likely have no interior seating, according to the project’s narrative form filed with Escambia County. Instead, this location is planned to have 24 exterior seats and be drive-thru oriented with dual lanes, which will have a 22-car stack with a 34-stack peak.

    There are also 38 parking spots proposed for the restaurant to supply its “higher-than-average work staff,” according to the same form.

    The North Davis Highway Chick-fil-A project was filed with Escambia County on June 5. The project’s applicants have requested to meet with the county’s Development Review Committee before moving forward with the process.

    Here’s what we know about the recently proposed Chick-fil-A project.

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    Where will Pensacola’s new Chick-fil-A be?

    The proposed site for the new Chick-fil-A location is in a hot bed of commercial activity.

    Developers plan to build the new Chick-fil-A in between Bubba’s 33 and the incoming Jim N’ Nicks BBQ restaurant in University Town Plaza. Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen, Jimmy John’s and Texas Roadhouse are also nearby.

    A Holiday Inn Express & Suites hotel just opened their doors down the street from the proposed project and a new Tru by Hilton hotel is under construction on the other side of North Davis Highway, both of which could add even more foot traffic in the future for businesses in the area.

    What will the new Chick-fil-A look like?

    At this stage of their plans, developers want to build a 2,761 square-foot Chick-fil-A on a 1.52-acre lot with dual lanes for their drive-thru, 38 parking spots and 24 exterior seats.

    Site plans show there are no access roads onto North Davis Highway planned for the restaurant, so if the new Chick-fil-A is approved you will only be able to access it through University Town Plaza.

    They also show that you won’t be able to exit this location’s drive-thru lanes once you enter, so make sure you want to order before pulling in.

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