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ARB Meets to Discuss new Chick-fil-A, Bojangles on Pantops

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Two fast food franchises known for their chicken are moving forward with plans to open new stores in Albemarle County. Representatives for Chick-fil-A and Bojangles were in town Monday to talk about production on Pantops.

The two are at very different stages of development right now, so we should expect to see a Chick-fil-A open first.

Bruce Wardell, the chair of the Albemarle Architectural Review Board (ARB), says the goal is to make these locations fit into the landscape of the county. The ARB met Monday afternoon to discuss proposals for the two restaurants.

Bojangles plans to build in the Rivanna Ridge Shopping Center next to Applebee’s. Planners agreed to pass the decision on a special use permit for the drive-thru to the planning commission.

The board also approved the final site plan for the county's third Chick-fil-A location, which is set to go in where the old Espresso Pancakes building is now.

“It has some contemporary components to it, but those contemporary or modern components were broken down into a scale that net the spirit and the letter of the guidelines of the entrance corridor,” Wardell said.

The planners commented on windows, lighting, and materials for both proposed buildings. Wardell says he believes the Chick-fil-A fits into the commercial development around that area. The ARB already approved the certificate of appropriateness for Chick-fil-A's design. That is the last step needed from the board in this part of the planning process.

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