9/13/2016 – Chick-fil-A celebrates Lenoir location with groundbreaking ceremony

Posted on: September 13th, 2016 by admin

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September 13, 2016

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After a long wait by local residents, Chick-fil-A is now under construction in Lenoir.

 

The work immediately began in the Lenoir Crossings Shopping Center after a groundbreaking ceremony and is expected to be completed in late January.

 

Local business officials joined city and county officials and county’s state legislative representatives at the ceremony to welcome Mike Sheley, who will operate the Lenoir franchise and said he expects to have a grand opening on Feb. 2.

 

“I’m so humbled to have the opportunity to serve folks that care about the success of the business that I’m going to own,” Sheley said. “Not every owner gets that, to have the community leaders supporting you and surrounding you. It makes it hard to fail.”

 

The business will employ at least 100 people, both full-time and part-time. Some are expected to come from applicants at the Caldwell is Hiring event that is scheduled for Thursday, September 15 from 8:30 a.m. until noon at the J.E. Broyhill Civic Center in Lenoir.

 

Sheley has been an operator of a Chick-fil-A in Richmond, Va., for two years, but the Sheley family is familiar with North Carolina. Jessica Sheley, Mike’s wife, is from Mooresville, and Mike went to high school in Greensboro.

 

Jessica Sheley said they always wanted to move back to North Carolina.

 

“Our whole goal when we entered into Chick-fil-A was to eventually be able to come home and own one, but it’s a a very competitive process,” Jessica Sheley said. “So for us, we had to take one that was further from home in order to kind of be in the door.”

 

The franchisee application and interviewing process with Chick-fil-A took around three months.

 

“We just love the area and just have family so close by,” Jessica Sheley said. “We wanted a community where we could be a part of the community. This is a perfect place.”

 

Some local residents have hoped for years for a Chick-fil-A, and the one they get will be one of the largest, Jessica Sheley said.

 

“This one is the biggest on that Chick-fil-A makes, with the nicest package that they make in terms of design,” she said. “When you see the inside of it, it’s beautiful, very beautiful.” She added that the drive-thru will be able to handle two dozen cars at a time.

 

The Chick-fil-A groundbreaking follows the recent opening of Zaxby’s restaurant in Lenoir.

 

By Briana Adhikusuma, (Lenoir) News-Topic

 

 

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