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Oakwood Chick-fil-A to be closed for month during renovations

Restaurant to close Friday, re-open in April

POSTED: March 14, 2017 1:47 p.m.
Erin O. Smith/The Times

Patricia Mershon, a cashier, and Cam Gilbert, a front of the house director, helps customer Tangee Puckett Wednesday at Chick-fil-A in Oakwood. The location will close for renovations on Friday, March 10, and hopes to reopen by mid-April.

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Oakwood’s Chick-fil-A hasn’t had a renovation since it opened nearly 17 years ago.

The Robson Crossing location at 3405 Atlanta Highway will close at the end of the day Friday and reopen in mid-April to make way for renovations.

“We’re excited about the need to increase our capacity to meet the needs of our community,” Chick-fil-A Oakwood’s marketing director Brittoni Garner said.

University of North Georgia student and Blackshear Place Baptist Church employee Justin Franklin isn’t too happy with the renovations.

“I work and go to school within a mile of Chick-fil-A, so it closing for close to five weeks is a little inconvenient,” Franklin said. “I eat there often with friends, and I feel like the announcement was a little short notice.”

However, the slight inconvenience will be worth it for him when it’s all over.

“On the whole, I have a positive attitude about the renovation, though it will hurt in the short term,” Franklin said.

The renovations will include expanding the kitchen, as well as creating a modern, newer look to the inside.

“Our restaurant will be stripped down to the studs of the building,” Garner said.

Garner said the store has been chosen to test sweet potato bites and macaroni and cheese for a limited time to A-list members.

Kim Reese normally frequents the Stonebridge Village Chick-fil-A in Flowery Branch, but also visits the Oakwood location.

“It’s always a little odd when a place closes for a short time, but if it comes back better, it’s worth it,” Reese said.

Reese had concerns other than the lack of spicy chicken sandwiches in her life for a month.

“I worry about the employees,” Reese said.

Garner said the employees will receive some compensation during the closing.

“As you know, our restaurant will be closing for four weeks to undergo renovations,” Garner said. Taking care of our Team Members is important to us, which is why we will be working with each of them to provide compensation and ensure financial obligations are met while we are closed. We look forward to reopening our doors and serving Oakwood residents again in April!”



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