Chick-fil-A sets opening date for new Grand Rapids-area location

CASCADE TOWNSHIP, MI – The brand new Chick-fil-A restaurant in the Grand Rapids area is set to open on Thursday, December 8.

The fast food restaurant is located at 5528 28th St. SE and will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Initially, the location will only be open for steering wheel controls. Dine-in and take-out options will be available at a later date.

The restaurant is owned and operated by Jamie Ochsner, who started working at Chick-fil-A as a teenager and now operates 2750 E. Beltline Ave. SE. It will operate both the new Cascade location and the Beltline Avenue restaurant.

The 28th Street location will bring about 130 full-time and part-time jobs to the area, according to a statement prepared by Chick-fil-A. This location marks the 10th Chick-fil-A restaurant in the greater Grand Rapids area.

The restaurant was announced in 2019, on the site of the former Macaroni Grill, which closed in July 2017. The building is nearly 5,000 square feet and includes an outdoor patio and two-lane drive-thru.

“I’ve had the good fortune to form many meaningful relationships through Chick-fil-A over the years and I’m thrilled to be able to showcase Chick-fil-A’s philosophy of community care, delicious food and good food. warm hospitality to new communities, such as Cascade,” Ochsner said in a prepared statement. “I am passionate about supporting local education and youth sports and grateful for the opportunity to help young team members develop the skills and confidence to become extraordinary business leaders.”

To celebrate the grand opening of the new location, Chick-fil-A, Inc. is donating $25,000 to Feeding America in the name of the 28th restaurant. According to Chick-fil-A, the donation will be distributed to partners in the Grand Rapids area to help alleviate hunger. Along with the donation, the restaurant is giving 100 “local heroes making an impact in the Grand Rapids area” free Chick-fil-A meals for a year.

The new restaurant is still looking to hire full-time and part-time employees. To apply, text CFACASCADE to 464646.

For more information on the new Grand Rapids Chick-fil-A area, follow the Grand Rapids Chick-fil-A Facebook page at facebook.com/cfaGrandRapids.

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