Chick-fil-A coming to area mall

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — A new fast-food restaurant — Chick-fil-A — is scheduled to be built outside the Ohio Valley Mall this year.

Construction of the popular eatery will soon get under way on a parcel of land in front of Macy’s, according to Joe Bell, spokesman for Cafaro Co., the mall’s parent company.

The new restaurant will encompass nearly 5,000 square feet and include a drive-through lane. It is anticipated that it will be ready to welcome its first customers before the end of the year.

“Chick-fil-A’s contractor has already completed initial site surveys. We anticipate seeing work start on the site by early April,” Bell said.

Wheeling resident Jessica Dorsey said that Chick-fil-A has been one of her favorite places to eat.

“The only time I know I could get it is when I went up to Pittsburgh,” Dorsey said. “It is so good. It’s on my top 10 list of places that I love to eat. The fries are the best, too.”

Serving a breaded, boneless chicken breast between two buttered buns seems like a simple idea, but it was a novelty when Truett Cathy experimented with it at the Dwarf Grill in Hapeville, Ga.

He hit on the perfect recipe in 1964, and the Chick-fil-A chicken sandwich was born.

Today, its devoted fans seek it out in communities across the country. The chain has more than 2,100 restaurants which are located inside airports and malls, on college campuses and in big cities and small towns in 46 states and the District of Columbia.

In addition to the popular chicken sandwiches, Chick-fil-A serves a variety of breakfast items, salads, wraps, sides and shakes.

The addition of Chick-fil-A is the latest in a series of new offerings soon arriving at Ohio Valley Mall. A new Veteran’s Administration Community Based Outpatient Clinic will open this spring. Sporting goods retailer Dunham’s is slated to open later in the year and a new Hampton Inn and Suites will welcome its first guests in the first half of 2020.