Chick-fil-A to flap its wings into PJS

December 24, 2013 by  

Fast food chain Chick-fil-A is closer to opening in Port Jefferson Station, thanks to a zoning change agreed to by the Brookhaven Town Board.

The change in zone makes it possible for two restaurants to occupy the selected site: Chick-fil-A, and another sit-down type restaurant that has yet to be chosen. The building selected to house the two is the former King O’Rourke car dealership, which comprises 30,000 square feet. The two restaurants together would need an area of less than 10,000 square feet. The property is in Port Jefferson Station, on Route 347.

The restaurant’s application was backed by various groups, including the North Brookhaven Chamber of Commerce, as well as the Port Jefferson Station/Terryville Civic Association. Port Jefferson Station residents also spoke up in favor of welcoming the restaurant.

Scott Thigpen, who is Director of Restaurant Development for Chick-fil-A, says the company is committed to the Port Jefferson Station site, which is the first Long Island location they chose and notes the company “just couldn’t be more pleased”.

Residents were largely in favor of the new business, believing its presence would improve the property, which currently houses a used car dealership as well as an Enterprise Rent-A-Car business. Jennifer Dzvonar, who is president of the North Brookhaven Chamber of Commerce, says the chamber is in favor of the restaurant, since the plan is aesthetically pleasing, and between 70 and 90 new jobs will be created when it opens.

Chick-fil-A officials might work with a flyer printing company to create handouts to distribute during the restaurant’s opening.