EDEN, N.C.–The city of Eden has been working for at least six years to get a Chick-Fil-A to open up in their city.
With a population of 15,500, Eden’s Director of Economic Development Michael Dougherty says it’s their turn.
“They’ve opened up stores in areas that are pretty close to us or have fewer people than us,” said Dougherty.
A Chick-Fil-A public relations representative told FOX8 the restaurants are independently owned and that the company usually finds a location first, then hires an operator. The company says it looks for a potential owner with strong values, as well as someone who is willing to front the initial $5,000 financial commitment.
In the meantime, Eden residents are waiting patiently for their favorite restaurant to come to their city.
“I barely get to go because it’s so far away. It’s my favorite restaurant, so if it was over here I could go to it more often,” says 8-year-old Ainsley Pyrtle.
A public relations representative couldn’t comment on if or when Eden may get a Chick-Fil-A, but did say North Carolina is a very strong market and that they’re always looking for new business opportunities.