The Chick-fil-A location in north Fayetteville has been demolished, and will be replaced with a drive-through-only restaurant.
Crews this week are working to raze the building at 4180 N. College Ave. across from the Northwest Arkansas Mall.
The City Council last summer approved a request from Chick-fil-A to vacate a portion of an existing water and sewer easement on the site as part of a redevelopment plan.
Jonathan Curth, the city’s development services director, told the council the company plans to completely rebuild the site to address a traffic issue.
“They’ve recognized that they have significant traffic circulation issues,” Curth said. “Which is to say they have way too much backup from their drive-thu and it’s causing negative impacts on getting around the property.”
The restaurant sits at the northwest corner of the Northwest Village Shopping Center, which is home to Barnes & Noble, Petco, Natural Grocers and other businesses, including Discount Bins which recently took over the former Toys R Us space.
The new 2,945-square-foot drive-through-only restaurant would include a two-lane drive-thru with room for 29 vehicles, according to a request letter to the city from Bryan Burger with Burger Engineering of Dallas, Tex. The old drive-thru included room for 18 vehicles.
The easement was needed to allow Chick-fil-A to install an outdoor canopy for employees to stand under when taking and delivering orders, Burger said.
Once the property is razed, a rebuild is scheduled to begin that could last about five months.
“We don’t have a hard date yet, but it should be beginning or middle of January as long as there aren’t any major delays,” according to a social media post from the franchise.
Aside from the drive-thru lanes, the new restaurant will include a walk-up window for carry out orders and a patio with outdoor seating.