JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (WJHL) – More than six months after a popular restaurant began a major renovation project, the countdown to the grand re-opening is over.
Chick-Fil-A on Peoples Street in Johnson City officialy reopened Monday morning at 10:00 a.m.
News Channel 11 got a sneak peek at the new upgrades on Friday while training supervisors were on hand to make sure everyone was ready to go for the re-opening.
“It’s really a nice Chick-Fil-A,” said Connor Bailey, a new employee with the location on Peoples Street, “one of the nicest Chick-Fil-A’s I’ve ever seen.”
All 70 previous employees will be back, along with 40 new employees.
“It’s so much larger,” said employee Inez Burton, who returns to the Johnson City Crossing location, “everything is new and it’s just exciting to be here.”
“For me it’s going to make coming to work a lot easier because the equipment is all state of the art and it almost is a complete 180 from the older location,” said Bailey.
The restaurant added about five-feet of space all around the property to make room for its new wrap-around drive-thru with cooling and heating capabilities.
“We can put 24 cars in drive-thru without ever getting not only to the road,” said operator Tim Burchfield. “but even on our own parking lot.”
The new Chick-Fil-A will also have larger restrooms, a new play area and a kitchen three times the size of the previous one.
You can also say goodbye to drive-thru windows, as this new location will feature the only drive-thru door in Tennessee.
“Our goal is to be able to serve about 250 cars an hour,” said Burchfield.
Burchfield said it has been a long process, but he is ready for opening day.
“People that we’ve missed for 5 months,” he said, “we’re really looking forward to them coming back.”