Chick-Fil-A Files Site Plan for Cameron Village

The long-awaited Chick-Fil-A in Cameron Village took a big step forward a few weeks ago as the site plan (.PDF) has been submitted to the city. The plan calls for a 6,285-square foot, two-story restaurant which will replace the former optician and dry cleaners building behind the McDonald’s in Cameron Village.

The site plan’s most interesting aspects involve traffic flow. In order to accommodate a snaking drive-thru queue around the building’s southeast corner, a miniature traffic circle will be formed around the stairway that once went down into Nowell’s. The queue proper can handle 16 cars, none of which cross pedestrians’ paths and parking spaces. The real question remains…how are they going to handle 100 cars? (because this place is going to be so popular it will cause traffic snarls well into Oberlin Road once it is open!)


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  • Ashton Said:


  • orulz Said:

    Somehow I only ever think about wanting Chick-Fil-A on Sundays. Drives me mad. I get cravings for the stuff on the ONE DAY A WEEK when I can’t have it.

  • Ben Said:

    Maybe they can find a way to tie into McDonald’s parking lot for overflow since no one will want to eat there once Chick-Fil-A opens up.

  • RaleighRob Said:

    I’m not crazy about the idea of drive-thrus at Cameron Village. If it’s a “Village”, they should do more to encourage people to get out of their cars and walk around. This is an old shopping center in an old part of the city that’s just not made to handle large queues of traffic…especially today’s oversized SUVs. (My biggest pet peeve about parking at Harris Teeter.)
    This could get ugly real fast during peak times I’m betting.

  • MikeB Said:

    RaleighRob, getting out of your car and walking would be fine… if there were ever any open parking spots during lunch! Any time I want the deliciousness that is a Village Deli cheesesteak I have to go before 11:30 or after 1:00 or I can’t find a spot and then have to wait in line behind 20+ people. The drive-thru makes sense to me.

  • John Said:

    The second floor of this Chick-Fil-A should have a terrific downtown view if they are smart enough to have an upstairs dining room facing East/SouthEast. Keep your fingers crossed.

  •» Blog Archive » Restaurant Roundup Said:

    […] Cameron and Woodburn. This will work much better than the other site, as the site plan called for bizarre routing of the drive-thru traffic. I guess we can put those Harris Teeter to Cameron/Woodburn rumors to […]

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