A 'Mega' Chick-fil-A Was Coming to Tennessee — Then This Major Concern Crushed the Project Chick-fil-A is one of the most popular restaurant chains in the nation — but that wasn't enough for some locals.
- Chick-fil-A's proposal for a new "mega" restaurant in Collierville, Tennessee was rejected due to traffic concerns.
- The design included a 6,110 square-foot space with a playground, outdoor seating and high-capacity drive-thru lanes.
Community members in Collierville, Tennessee, stood firm against the development of an expansive new location — a 6,110-square-foot "mega" restaurant — in their small town. The project was shut down after a decisive 5-1 vote by the Board of Mayor and Aldermen, Fox Business reported.
The facility, intended to have a 300-square-foot playground for kids, a dual drive-thru lane for up to 43 cars and a 522-square-foot seating area, sparked concerns over the potential uptick in traffic in an already congested area, per the outlet.
The largest Chick-fil-A, which opened in New York City's Financial District in 2018, is more than 12,000 square feet with three dining levels, two kitchens and floor-to-ceiling windows on each floor, according to Good Morning America.
Jaime Groce, the Town Planner of Collierville, told Fox that Chick-fil-A's next course of action would be to submit a new proposal.
"Chick-fil-A is a great corporate citizen, and we hope they will continue to invest in our community," Groce said. "Their next step is to submit a site plan for a location that fully complies with all town regulations."