RIDGELAND, Miss. (WLBT) - A new Chick-fil-A restaurant could soon be coming to Highland Colony Parkway.
Tuesday, the Ridgeland Board of Aldermen unanimously voted to approve site plans for the restaurant.
The vote clears the way for the popular chain to be constructed.
Alderman at-Large D.I. Smith said that having the restaurant come to Highland Colony will be a game-changer.
“It will give people an additional option. Now, if you’re (picking up catering), you have to either go to County Line Road or Madison. It took a lot of time,” he said. “This is a game-changer for us.”
The store will be located on the parkway between the new Wendy’s restaurant and the Costco fueling station, Smith said.
Mayor Gene McGee said the restaurant will be “upscale,” and will have landscaping and other features that fit in with the surrounding area. He said the restaurant property is also being designed to handle the increased traffic the restaurant is expected to bring.
The Highland Colony site will be the second Chick-fil-A to locate in Ridgeland and the first with a drive-through. The other is located at the food court at Northpark Mall.
Meanwhile, a third Chick-fil-A is located at 1065 E. County Line Rd. in Jackson, about three miles from the proposed Highland Colony site, according to Google Maps. And another one still is about five miles north of the proposed location, at 1873 Main St., in Madison.
“I think everybody is pretty excited about it,” Smith said. “They have always expressed interest in having a (Chick-fil-A) in the Renaissance area.”
Smith wasn’t sure how long construction would take but believes work will go by quickly.
“They’re already doing dirt work over there,” he said. “That’s been going on for several weeks.”
The board is slated to meet 6 p.m. April 6, at Ridgeland City Hall.