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Chick-fil-A breaks ground on Cicero restaurant, launches upstate New York expansion

By Eric Reinhardt

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A banner bearing the logo of Atlanta, Georgia–based Chick-fil-A hangs at the construction site of the chain’s upcoming restaurant at 7932 Brewerton Road in Cicero. The company and officials from the Town of Cicero held a groundbreaking ceremony at the construction site on Tuesday morning. (Eric Reinhardt / BJNN)

CICERO, N.Y. — Chick-fil-A, an Atlanta, Georgia–based restaurant chain that specializes in chicken sandwiches, has broken ground on its upcoming location in Cicero.

The site at 7932 Brewerton Road in Cicero represents Chick-fil-A’s first restaurant in upstate New York, the company said in a news release issued Tuesday.

It’s the first of four locations the chain expects to open in the region in the next two years.

Besides the restaurant in Cicero, Chick-fil-A also plans to open Upstate locations in Rochester, Buffalo, and Plattsburgh in 2018 and 2019.

Chick-fil-A corporate representatives joined community leaders at a Tuesday morning event that included details about the new restaurant, plans for future hiring, and an update on the chain’s planned upstate New York expansion.

Projected to open in the first quarter of 2018, the new 5,000-square-foot Cicero restaurant will offer indoor and outdoor dining as well as a playground for children. The location will have two drive-thru ordering lanes.

When it opens, Chick-fil-A expects the restaurant will create between 80 and 90 jobs

Seekonk, Massachusetts–based D.F. Pray General Contractors is the contractor on the project, Craig Perry, senior management consultant with Chick-fil-A, told BJNN in an interview after the groundbreaking ceremony.

Chick-fil-A, Inc. describes itself as a “family owned and privately held restaurant company founded in 1967 by S. Truett Cathy.”

The company has more than 2,200 restaurants in 46 states and Washington, D.C., according to its news release. The restaurant chain generated nearly $8 billion in sales in 2016.

Contact Reinhardt at ereinhardt@cnybj.com

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