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A sign recently said Chick-fil-A is “coming soon” to McAlester stores – with the company confirming plans to open the site this year.

People reacted on social media when a sign appeared outside the plot planned for a Chick-fil-A restaurant at the under-construction McAlester Mall and the company confirmed it hoped to open the location this fall.

“We are pleased to confirm that we will be opening our first Chick-fil-A restaurant in McAlester later this year in the fall of 2022,” Chick-fil-A Inc. said in an emailed response. to a News-Capital investigation. “We look forward to joining the McAlester community and serving all of our guests delicious cuisine in an environment of genuine hospitality.”

“This is just one more step in a long process of opening stores at the mall,” said Town of McAlester Economic Development Manager Kirk Ridenour. “We’re really excited to have Chick-fil-A join the community.”

An official opening date was not immediately known. The closest Chick-fil-A locations to McAlester before the to-be-determined opening of the new store include 51 miles in Ada and 61 miles in Muskogee.

Officials expect the McAlester location in Chick-fil-A to bring about 100 full-time and part-time jobs to the community, with interviews expected to begin in late summer.

The News-Capital reported in 2018 that Chick-fil-A was among the corporate developers targeted for the mall and reported in 2021 when the company struck a deal with developers on a McAlester location.

Stores in McAlester are being developed and built through Burk Collins and Co. through tax increment financing or a TIF agreement with the McAlester City Council and Pittsburg County Commissioners.

Collins agreed to build the mall and a traffic light at his own expense. The deal allows Collins to collect 90% of city and county sales tax revenue from site businesses for five years or until it collects $5 million.

The five-year/$5.5 million countdown began in March after Starbucks became the first business to open on the site.

Crews continued to work Monday on the restaurant grounds between the nearly completed 3,323-square-foot Jiffy Lube and the multi-tenant building also under construction in the mall.

Burke’s Outlet opened in late March and Hobby Lobby opened April 1 to launch the site’s flagship stores.

TJ Maxx is set to open its 21,000 square foot department store and clothing store next to Hobby Lobby on May 25.

Plans for the multi-tenant building next to Starbucks call for an 1,800 square foot Tropical Smoothie, a 2,500 square foot T-Mobile and room for two more tenants.

Crews continue to work on the Five Below store in the 9,728 square foot space in the same strip as Hobby Lobby and TJ Maxx.

Contact Adrian O’Hanlon III at aohanlon@mcalesternews.com

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