The Morning Journal (Lorain, OH)

Chick-fil-A pulls permit for restaurant

Building will be on outlot of Meijer on Leavitt Road


A contractor has city permission to begin building the new Chick-fil-A restaurant at 5400 Leavitt Road.

Dalo Constructi­on Inc. on Aug. 12 received the city permit for building on an outlot of the Meijer store.

The building is valued at $550,000 and the city netted at least $3,109.07 on permit fees.

The 5,192-square-foot restaurant would be Chick-fil-A’s first in Lorain County. Currently there are eateries in North Olmsted, Rocky River, the Cleveland Hopkins Internatio­nal Airport, Strongsvil­le, Parma and Brunswick, along with Perkins Township south of Sandusky, and inside Cedar Point.

The company is known for being closed on Sundays, establishe­d in 1946, by Chick-filA found founder, Truett Cathy. He decided to close on Sundays in 1946 when he opened his first restaurant in Hapeville, Ga., according to the company’s website.

“Having worked seven days a week in restaurant­s open 24 hours, Truett saw the importance of closing on Sundays so that he and his employees could set aside one day to rest and worship if they choose — a practice we uphold today,” the website said.

Chick-fil-A also became known for its “renegade cow” advertisin­g campaign that began on a Texas billboard in 1995.

“From that day forward, the burger-eating landscape was forever changed,” the company’s website said. “These fearless cows, acting in enlightene­d self-interest, realized that when people eat chicken, they don’t eat beef. Today, the cows’ herds have increased and their message reaches millions — through television, radio, online, and on the occasional water tower. Needless to say, we fully endorse and appreciate the monumental efforts made by our most beloved bovine friends.”

More plans popped up

The store is the fifth this year to pop up on the menu in Lorain.

Earlier this year, the Lorain Zoning Board of Appeals and City Planning Commission approved the various permits needed for a new Biggby Coffee next to the Meijer gas station.

A new retail building, with a Five Guys restaurant and possibly a Penn Station East Coast Subs, will go on another Meijer outlot, according to plans.

On Lorain’s east side, a separate Biggby Coffee will go in a new retail building at the corner of Colorado and Ohio avenues, according to plans.

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