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Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Chick-fil-A proposal moving forward

The proposed layout for a Chick-fil-A restaurant on the site of a former antique center on Little River Turnpike. The Speedway gas station is on the right.
The Mason District Land Use Committee on Nov. 25 endorsed a proposal for a Chick-fil-A drive-through restaurant at 7120 Little River Turnpike but expressed “strong concerns” about an “interparcel connector” that would allow cars to access the property from the Speedway gas station next door.

That’s the same problem members of the MDLUC expressed at their meeting in September. At both meetings, they complained that connecting those two parcels would create backups on John Marr Drive and that Speedway customers are likely to block that access point.

At the previous meeting, Chick-fil-A’s land use attorney, Sheri Akin of McGuire Woods, agreed to re-evaluate the proposal and come up with an alternative plan for access. But at the latest meeting, Akin said county planning and zoning staff want to retain the interparcel connector.

See blog story: The Chick-fil-A for Annandale - more work needed on traffic plan

The Planning Commission has scheduled a hearing on Dec. 11 on Chick-fil-A’s application for a zoning special exception. The Board of Supervisors’ hearing is set for Jan. 14. If things go smoothly, Akin said the restaurant could be completed and ready to open in mid-2021.

Chick-fil-A did make some other changes in response to concerns from county staff: The drive-through lanes were moved to the back of the property. The restaurant’s orientation is now facing Little River Turnpike. And the company agreed to put a median strip on Little River to prevent left turns out of the property.

The 4,300-square-foot restaurant would have seating for about 54 people inside and 24 on an outdoor patio. There would be two drive-through ordering stations in a separate building in the rear. Meals ordered at a drive-through window would be prepared indoors and delivered via conveyor belt to a kiosk for pick up.

The Chick-fil-A would be open 6 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Saturday and would be closed on Sundays.


  1. jeepers...more biochemical warfare chicken for the good people of Annandale...that should help keep the crime rate down<----sarchasm

  2. jeepers...more biochemical warfare chicken for the good people of Annandale...that should help keep the crime rate down<----sarchasm


    1. Can someone please knock me over the head and get me out this nightmare.

  4. I wonder why they don't set up shop in the old Wendy's restaurant across the street in the old KMart parking lot? Lots of space there and it wouldn't interfere with traffic or other businesses. I'm excited to hear they're coming to Annandale. I still prefer Popeyes though.

    1. Yes! It must come down to the cost of the property.

      It really doesn't make sense to me, cramming something like that into a space that wasn't designed for high traffic flow. When I have a choice between two or more stores or restaurants, I'm much, much, MUCH more likely to go somewhere that's easier to access. Doesn't that figure into the "location, location, location" formula?


  5. Yay. Can't wait for it to be open.