Chick-fil-A is still looking at Branson as a possible location for one of the national chain’s restaurants, according to a city official.
Garrett Anderson, city of Branson director of economic development, said Chick-fil-A is still interested in building a location in the Shoppes at Branson Hills, but a hang-up in building footprints has caused a slight hiccup in the plans.
“Development guidelines were agreed upon by various parties when the center was built,” Anderson said. “This location was not agreed upon. It would require a change to various documents by a dozen or so different parties.”
Chick-fil-A was looking at a spot near Kohl’s.
Anderson said when the company attempted to check with all the proper parties, not everybody was thrilled with the idea.
Anderson said the guidelines point out specific spots where the developers agreed buildings could be constructed. The proposed location in front of Kohl’s at the Shoppes at Branson Hills was not one of the agreed upon in the building envelope.
Anderson said there are several plots available in the shopping center and the process now is to find which one will work best.
The city has offered to do anything they can, Anderson said, though it’s been a couple of months since he’s spoken to officials from Chick-fil-A.
Anderson previously reported his excitement to the Branson Tri-Lakes News about the restaurant chain coming to Branson and said it’s possible the company will expand and open more locations in the area.
“It’s definitely a vote of confidence for a community like ours when we have not just local entrepreneurs looking to invest, but a good inflow of national businesses,” Anderson said. “We’ve had that this year already with Pier 1 and Ulta Beauty investing there, as well as the CVS that’s (being built) on Main Street.
“When they decide to invest and make new business in Branson, they don’t make those decisions without doing homework. These national retailers have some very talented people working for them that are looking at the numbers when they decide whether to enter a market. Anytime one of them decides to come to Branson, it’s a vote of confidence for us.”