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Chick-fil-A expanding in the Kanawha Valley

Tom Minturn and Chick-fil-A Southridge Center are proud to announce that the Chick-fil-A brand...
Tom Minturn and Chick-fil-A Southridge Center are proud to announce that the Chick-fil-A brand will be expanding in the Kanawha Valley.(Chick-fil-A Southridge Center)
Published: Jul. 21, 2021 at 5:12 PM EDT
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KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) – A second Chick-fil-A will be opening in South Charleston in the Park Place development location, officials announced Wednesday.

The shopping plaza will be on the property right off the I-64 westbound MacCorkle Avenue exit. The city’s municipal building commission purchased the fly ash pond site in December of 2017.

Tom Minturn, a native of Ansted, West Virginia, has served as owner and operator of the Southridge Center location from its opening in September 2011.

The Southridge Center and Park Place location will operate under the same ownership and executive team.

“It has been an honor and a privilege to serve the Charleston area for the past nine years after feeling called to return home and make a difference in the community,” Minturn said. “I look forward to this new and exciting chapter of serving the Kanawha Valley, expanding our influence, providing more jobs, and making a lasting difference as we strive to become Charleston and South Charleston’s most caring business.”

South Charleston Mayor Frank Mullens said the Chick-fil-A is the first business announced for Park Place. He added that city leaders are in talks with another 15 to 26 stores about opening there. The mayor explained that the final number will depend on how many big box stores are interested, because they take up more square footage that will block out smaller stores.

According to the mayor, the city expects to announce more stores in the coming months – likely by early October.

More information will be announced as details are confirmed. Keep checking the WSAZ app for the latest information.

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