400 Pearl Nix Parkway
Final day: Saturday
Opened: Sept. 19, 1996
805 Dawsonville Highway
Opens: 11 a.m. June 17
Today is the last day for Chick-fil-A patrons in Gainesville to get their chicken sandwich fix until June 17.
The popular chicken eatery’s relocation from Pearl Nix Parkway to Dawsonville Highway will include a 10-day closure.
With a more spacious design and a double drive-thru for the June 17 reopening, Chick-fil-A Gainesville marketing director Emmy Dale said it will be worth the wait.
“It’s going to be an even greater experience than they’ve had in the past,” Dale said Wednesday. “We’ll be serving all the Chick-fil-A favorites. We’ll be ready to serve them on the 17th.”
The final day at the 400 Pearl Nix Parkway location, which opened Sept. 19, 1996, is today, with normal hours. Its doors close for the final time at 10 p.m.
Opening day at the new location at 805 Dawsonville Highway starts at 11 a.m. June 17, skipping breakfast on the first day.
Dale said that since this is a relocation and not a grand opening, the restaurant won’t hold an overnight campout and award prizes. But a Chick-fil-A cow mascot will be on hand for the first week of business at the Dawsonville Highway location.
The relocated Chick-fil-A includes a double drive-thru that Dale said can handle 20 cars.
Dale said 20 new employees have been hired for the restaurant. A community gathering table for meetings is another feature of the new building, which is the former site of a Sonic drive-in.
It features a “heritage” design, which Dale said is the most current for Chick-fil-A. Among the amenities is peach basket light fixtures, as well as Coca-Cola bottle-like fixtures.
Seating for an additional 25 customers and a new centerline kitchen layout are part of the relocated Chick-fil-A.
Dale said it’s unknown at this time what the Pearl Nix Parkway location will become. Chick-fil-A is leasing the property.