The option to eat Chick-fil-A in downtown Raleigh will soon be off the table for the first time in decades.
Chick-fil-A Inc. announced it is closing its restaurant at 400 Fayetteville St. Nov. 16.
“It has been our pleasure to serve each and every customer at this restaurant for the past 22 years, and we look forward to continue serving the Raleigh community at one of our many nearby locations,” Chick-fil-A Inc. said in a statement.
The company did not offer an explanation for closing the restaurant, which is frequented weekdays by downtown employees. The restaurant is on the first floor of the building that houses the Sir Walter Apartments.
That building is in the midst of a redevelopment effort by new owners Capital Realty Group, a New York-based company that specializes in affordable housing projects. Earlier this year, the City of Raleigh approved $3 million in public funds for 158 apartments in the building.
Larry Jarvis, director of housing and neighborhoods for the City of Raleigh, is working with the building owners on the residential development of Sir Walter. He said it’s his understanding that Chick-Fil-A chose to leave the space.
“This was not forced by the new buyer,” Jarvis said. “This particular operator, I was told, chose to cease operating in this location. This decision was not at the request of the new owners.”
Calls to Capital Realty Group were not returned.
The downtown Raleigh Chick-Fil-A differs from most the company’s locations in operating cafeteria style, frequently handling a crush of downtown workers on their lunch break. During the summer, the location expanded its hours into the evening, offering dinner service until 7 p.m., but cut back to closing at 5 p.m. this August.
The closing was first reported by WRAL.