WATCHUNG, NJ -- Chick-fil-A restaurant would not confirm reports that it would open a new location at the shopping center being built at the former Sears at the intersection of Route 22 and Terrill Road.
“We are always evaluating potential new locations in the hopes of serving existing and new customers great food with remarkable service," said Jackie Jags, a spokesperson for Chick-fil-A, Inc., in a statement sent to TAPintoSPF. "While we hope to serve the Watchung community in the future, we do not currently have any locations to confirm.”
Headquartered in the city of College Park, Georgia, Chick-fil-A (pronounced "Chick Fillet") is a quick service restaurant chain specializing in chicken sandwiches. It operates more than 2,200 restaurants nationwide. The average annual revenue of a Chick-fil-A' franchise in 2016 was $4.4 million, according to a report in QSR magazine.The company is known both for its quirky "Eat Mor Chikin" advertising campaign and for the fact that it is closed for business on Sundays.
The iconic local 118,000 sq. foot Sears store closed a little more than a year ago. The building has since been demolished. Among the announced tenants at the new shopping center are HomeSense and Sierra Trading Post. Construction has begun on Cinemark Theatres, which will be located at the former Sears Sears Auto Center.