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Chick-fil-A closes on Derby real estate

08/25/2014 12:00 AM

08/25/2014 1:58 PM

It was last fall when Have You Heard? first reported that Chick-fil-A would be coming to the Derby Marketplace at Meadowlark and Rock Road.

Monday, the project is officially kicking off.

“We just closed on the real estate,” says owner-operator Andrew Nelson, an Oklahoma native who will now live in Derby.

Chick-fil-A will locate near the Olive Garden in the development.

“It’s going to be right on Rock Road,” Nelson says.

He says it’s a great opportunity for the restaurant and the Derby community.

Nelson says his goal is “hot, fresh, cravable food” and “wonderful service,” but he says he wants the restaurant to be involved with schools and families, too.

“We’re just really excited to be part of the community.”

In 2012, the Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A opened new Wichita restaurants at Central and Rock and near 21st and Maize Road.

Look for the Derby Chick-fil-A to open in the first quarter of 2015.

Reach Carrie Rengers at 316-268-6340 or crengers@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @CarrieRengers.

About Carrie Rengers

Carrie Rengers joined The Eagle's Business team in 2002 despite her inability to even balance a checkbook. Fortunately for her, and readers, her Have You Heard? blog is about business scoops and contains lots of news but almost no math.

A Michigan native, Carrie’s father was quite tragically transferred to Little Rock, Ark., in the middle of her sophomore year of high school. To make matters worse, her parents put her in a girls school. She recovered, though, and went on to enjoy being an English major at Hendrix College (the Harvard of the Ozarks, don’t you know). She worked for the weekly Arkansas Business and the statewide daily Arkansas Democrat-Gazette before moving to Wichita to be with her favorite writer and cook, husband Joe Stumpe.

Carrie encourages readers to contact her with tips, questions, behind-the-scenes business news and even funny quotes from business people. Reach her at 316-268-6340 or crengers@wichitaeagle.com

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