Carrie Rengers

At last, deal for east-side Chick-fil-A is finished

Rest easy, Chick-fil-A fans. Chick-fil-A has — finally — signed a lease for a freestanding restaurant on the northwest corner of Central and Rock Road.

"We got the deal done," says Andy Boyd of Walter Morris Cos.

Boyd handled the deal with Jeff Berg of Lane 4 Property Group in Kansas City.

Have You Heard? first reported the restaurant was a possibility in May.

There have been updates since then, including confirmation from the Atlanta-based company that it was interested in the space.

More recently, there was updated information that the owner of the property was working with the planning department to enlarge the parcel where the restaurant will go.

The former Presto gas station on the property will be demolished to make room for a new building that will feature two drive-through lanes.

It still will be a while before the restaurant is ready. It could be early 2012 before it happens.

It will, though, happen.

Healthy expansion

Care Chiropractic has a new name —Wellness @ Work —to go with a new location later this month.

"The name change really is indicative of what we're doing in our community," says marketing manager Katherine Hankins .

The business is expanding beyond chiropractic care to offer a full wellness program, including physical therapy, massage therapy and lifestyle courses, such as weight management, to "help people get to wellness and sustain wellness."

The office currently is in not quite 1,000 square feet at 1515 S. Clifton and will more than triple its space to 3,200 square feet at the new office at 837 S. Hillside.

That's where the American Diabetes Association used to be. That group moved to 608 W. Douglas in the Delano neighborhood.

Wellness @ Work will start moving Feb. 8 and have a grand opening on the 14th.

Austin Kinzle of Healthcare Real Estate Group represented Wellness @ Work and Dennis Schmidt of Mallard Real Estate represented the landlord.

Hankins says the Care Chiropractic office is more like a doctor's office, but that's not what the company wants for its Wellness @ Work space.

"We really want to steer away from that," she says. "We really don't want people to have to feel like they're sick in order to come visit us here."

The company has already started reaching out to other businesses about offering wellness programs through work.

"Our community is very receptive of wellness," Hankins says.

She says it's still an education process, though.

"We're so busy, we kind of put those things on a back burner, but if we don't take care of ourselves, we can't take care of others."

You don't say

"can i picket with a chick fil a sandwich in my mouth?"

—A tweet from Chick-fil-A fan Seymour Mitchell (@seymitch) in response to Twitter talk Tuesday about people picketing the company because of its support of an anti-gay organization