11/15/2016 – Chick-fil-A construction continues to move forward

Posted on: November 15th, 2016 by admin

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November 15, 2016

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Thanks to unusually warm and dry weather, the construction of the new Chick-fil-A at the Lenoir Crossing shopping center in Lenoir is moving along in rapid fashion.

 

Donny Jenkins, a project manager for Duluth, Ga.-based W.H. Bass, Inc., said the planned restaurant has featured a steady two dozen workers at all times since construction began two months ago.

 

“The weather has been great,” Jenkins said. “We’re definitely ahead of schedule.”

 

With the exterior portion of the building nearly finished, work has turned toward the interior, along with setting up for outside paving. Jenkins said Lenoir’s Chick-fil-A is one of 14 currently under construction.

 

The interior portion is beginning to take shape, including the service counter, food preparation area, freezer, cooler, and closed-in children’s play area.

 

Jenkins said he hopes to begin paving prior to Thanksgiving, with kitchen equipment scheduled to arrive in early December, and store furniture coming along just before Christmas.

 

The rapid progress has not altered the planned opening of the restaurant, however. Jenkins said Feb. 2 continues to be the scheduled opening date. He added that the company has plans to install a prospective employee hiring trailer in early to mid December.

 

“We do a good bit of these,” Jenkins said, noting that this Chick-fil-A is the 28th he has been a part of. Along with Chick-fil-A’s, Jenkins said W.H. Bass also builds Love’s convenience stores and truck stops, Bojangles’, and Discount Tire stores.

 

Jenkins said he has been pleased with the support from the community, including local officials who conducted an inspection on a holiday.

 

“The community has been great,” he said.

 

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