Carrie Rengers

Chick-fil-A closes on Derby real estate

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.

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