Chick-fil-A Doubles Up in Raleigh

Construction recently at the two-story Chick-fil-A restaurant in Raleigh, N.C.

What’s better than a new Chick-fil-A restauraunt? A double-decker eatery devoted to the chicken chain.

The world’s first two-story Chick-fil-A location is expected to open next month in Raleigh, N.C., according to local television station WRAL.

Chick-fil-A has long been known for its mall locations. But it began branching out with stand-alone restaurants and drive-thru locations to boost business. Last year, the company’s sales topped $4 million, up 13% from the previous year.

This Tar Heel eatery will be located in Cameron Village, a 63-year-old shopping center that’s a big part of the local fabric in the city of Oaks. (Disclosure: This Developments blogger used to live within walking distance of the center.) The restaurant will feature a Vittleveyer, described as a fancy version of a dumb waiter that will zip food from the first floor to upstairs customers, WRAL reports.

Two-story restaurants are hardy new, but Chick-fil-A is known for its devoted followers – it has nearly 5 million likes on Facebook – and some camp out for the “First 100” program that offers free food for a year when a restaurant opens.

Football Linebacker Cassanova McKinzy recently grabbed headlines when he cited Chick-fil-A as a factor in picking Auburn University over Clemson. “(It was) kind of the environment and plus they had no Chick-fil-A on campus,” Mr. McKinzy is quoted as saying. “You had to go like, probably like 15 minutes off campus to go to like a real restaurant. Their café was kind of small.” (We should point out that Clemson appears to have one as well.)

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