Texas Favorite Chicken Restaurant Closed Down Original Location
- Chick-fil-A Closed First Location
- Food Courts In Decline
- Open Since 1967
After over 50 years of serving up what most Texans refer to as "The Lord's Chicken" the first-ever Chick-fil-A called it quits. The location inside the Greenbriar Mall food court in Atlanta closed its doors for good on Saturday, May 20th, 2023.
If you look on the Chick-fil-A website they mention this location as the first place it was ever their pleasure to serve you. Did you know that before 1986 the only place you could find a Chick-fil-A was inside a mall?
That's when they opened their first free-standing location in the Atlanta suburb of North Druid Hills. Now it seems this pioneer of the food court is leaving malls across the country just as fast as big box stores like Macy's.
Chick-fil-A's Were Originally All Inside Malls
If you still have a Chick-fil-A location in your local mall, count yourself as lucky. I remember when you had to walk a literal mile just to get a Chick-fil-A sandwich, and it wasn't because you didn't have a car.
You had to trek into the deepest depths of your local mall to get to the food court to get your hands on that chicken. You could smell it inside the entire mall, making that long walk that much more of a struggle.
There are over 57 locations just in the Houston area, topping its birthplace of Atlanta for the most within a single city.
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