Chick-fil-A proposal headed to Grand Chute Town Hall

Chick-fil-A wants to occupy former Parma site in Grand Chute Tuesday, May 15, 2018. (WLUK/Pafoua Yang)

GRAND CHUTE (WLUK) -- Another choice for fried chicken from a national chain may be coming to the area.

Chick-fil-A is eyeing its first site in Northeast Wisconsin. It has eight in the state. Popeye's has nine in the state, but there are none in the area.

KFC has a dozen locations in the area.

When Sophie Pirkey of Kaukauna heard a Chick-fil-A may be headed to Grand Chute, there was no doubt she was excited.

"I actually just saw it on Facebook and I shared it with capital 'Oh my gosh, oh my gosh,' like 15 of them," Pirkey said. "I'm going to school in downtown Chicago and we got Chick-fil-A like a block from campus and I've gotten use to that luxury."

Chick-fil-A wants to occupy the former Parma site in Grand Chute. The site has been idle for two years.

The town planner, Mike Patza, said the food chains request is on the Towns Tuesday meeting agenda.

"For the conditional use and the special exception amendment permit, both are recommendations by the planning commission, and both of those items will go on to the board," said Patza.

If the town board approves, construction could start in August.

Patza told FOX 11, when Chick-fil-A opens its doors, the town could see an economic impact.

"This business also has the potential to generate some additional business for those adjacent properties in the immediate area, which is obviously a positive impact," said Patza.

According to the company's website, there are 8 Chick-fil-A's in the state. Most are located in the southeastern part.

"I think it just shows that the Fox Cities is really on the map now and that a lot of those chain operations are looking at us as great markets for those products," said Fox Cities Chamber President and CEO, Bob Mundt. "So the fact that Chick-fil-A does great research and are really well informed before they put a store in, I think that speaks very well with the Fox Cities."

And for residents who have never been to the fast food restaurant, they said that could change.

"Oh absolutely, it's legendary. I would definitely go to Chick-fil-A," Damon Brog of Appleton said.

If the Town Board approves, the restaurant would plan to open next year.

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