BOBBY ARDOIN Editor/Consulting Writer
The long-awaited opening of a Chick-Fil-A Restaurant in Opelousas is scheduled Thursday morning, according to Opelousas Downtown Development executive director Lena Charles.
Charles told St. Landry Now.com that the restaurant opening at US 190 and Waillor Street represents an important step of the ODD initiative to bring new businesses to the Opelousas downtown area.
At this point Charles said the restaurant plans to begin serving customers at 6:30 a.m. on Thursday.
The Chick-Fil-A opening represents a major economic investment by the ODD, said Charles.
“We (The ODD) have invested a lot of money in the development and infrastructure, but it is also one of the major things that we felt we needed to accomplish. This restaurant will be bringing new money that is coming into Opelousas and that is important for our economy,” Charles said on Monday.
City and Parish officials anticipate the restaurant will draw customers from adjoining parishes in addition to those living within Opelousas, Charles noted.
The ODD,Charles said, voted last year to spend about $500,000 for restaurant property water and sewerage in addition to constructing a turning lane that meets Louisiana Department of Transportation specifications and facilitates traffic flow between the highway and Waillor, said Charles.
Both the infrastructure project and turning lane were significant in solidifying the progress of the Chick-Fil-A project, Charles added.
“There was no water and sewerage available on the property, so that was something that was needed. Then we met the DOTD requirements to construct the turning lane,” Charles said.