Mayor: Chick-fil-A eyeing Sylacauga

Chick-fil-A appears to be making plans for a Sylacauga location, according to Mayor Jim Heigl.

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SYLACAUGA -- It looks like Sylacauga may be getting a Chick-fil-A.

According to Mayor Jim Heigl, the city has received plans for the restaurant but is still awaiting official confirmation from the company.

“All of their plans and everything are in order, and I believe they are coming,” the mayor said. “I’ve gotten an email from whoever represents the company saying they have no problem with us mentioning Chick-fil-A, but they have not made an official announcement yet. I don’t have any information on a groundbreaking or ribbon-cutting yet.”

The plans are for a location in the Hutton development off U.S. 280. Heigl said it will be on the first lot on the left, with plans for another chain restaurant right across the street. The developer has been in contact with the city every Friday for the past month and has been very satisfied with the help received, the mayor added.

“They said they’ve never worked with a city code department so closely as they have here, everyone’s been very cordial,” he said.

News of the new development has been delayed somewhat by the fact that the city is having to receive copies of the plans through the mail. The purchase of a new copier that can handle documents of this size should address the problem, however.

“If we had that copier already, the plans would have been here a month ago,” he said.

In addition to Chick-fil-A, three businesses, including anchor stores T.J. Maxx and Hobby Lobby, have already announced that they will be locating in the new development, “and there are still half a dozen lots available,” the mayor said.

Heigl said it was too early to comment on Chick-fil-A’s capital investment, number of jobs or payroll, but said, “It will be a good size location, with a dining room, a big kitchen and a drive-thru. We have some photographs that they sent with the prints, but they will have to let us know the exact size.”

A call to Hutton’s main office in Chattanooga, Tennessee, was not immediately returned Saturday.

Although final confirmation was still forthcoming, Heigl said, “I believe they are coming. They’ve done too much so far to not go ahead.”