OPENING DAY: Chick-fil-A sets dates for TWO new Dayton-area locations

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OPENING DAY: Chick-fil-A sets dates for TWO new Dayton-area locations

Chick-fil-A has set the opening date of two Dayton-area restaurants as the competition among chicken chains heats up across southwest Ohio.

Both the Chick-fil-A at the Town & Country Shopping Center in Kettering and on West Main Street near Meijer in Troy are now scheduled to open Jan. 19, a Chick-fil-A spokeswoman told this news outlet Monday.

The 4,988-square-foot Kettering restaurant at East Stroop and Shroyer roads will seat 124 inside and will include drive-through service. It will employ at least 80, and perhaps as many as 100, according to franchise owner Matt Eller.

The 4,137-square-foot Troy restaurant is at 1910 W. Main St. (Ohio 41) at Experimental Farm/South Stanfield Road. It will seat 106 and will employ 80 to 90, a Chick-fil-A spokeswoman said today, Dec. 27.

The Chick-fil-A restaurant chain operates a half-dozen locations in the Dayton region, including a restaurant that opened last year in Cornerstone of Centerville. Another location on Miamisburg-Centerville Road (Ohio 725) in Washington Twp completed a $1 million makeover a few months ago.

The Dayton area and all of southwest Ohio appear to have become a hotbed of chicken-restaurant competition.

Within the last month, Mike’s Nashville Hot opened its first Dayton-area restaurant in the Austin Landing development in Miami Twp., and a second location is on the way on Far Hills Avenue (Ohio 48) in Centerville. And Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers, which opened a Fairfield location in Octover, told this news outlet it will enter the Dayton market in the coming months with at least two, and perhaps as many as four, new locations, starting on Ohio 725 in Washington Twp. and on North Fairfield Road in Beavercreek.

In addition, Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen is gearing up to more than double its footprint in the Dayton area, starting with a new restaurant in Springboro, its franchise owner told us earlier this year.

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