A rendering for the Corinth location was not available, but this image from Chick-fil-A shows the typical restaurant style.

Two fast-food restaurant projects are moving ahead on Highway 72.

On Friday, the city issued a building permit for the planned Chick-fil-A location at the southwest corner of Highway 72 East and South Parkway Street near Lowe’s. The permit is for a 4,797-square-foot building with an estimated construction cost of $1,265,802, according to the city’s building department.

In a statement, the company confirmed plans for Corinth: “It’s our pleasure to confirm we will be opening our first Chick-fil-A restaurant in Corinth in early 2022. We look forward to joining the community and to serving all of our guests delicious food in an environment of genuine hospitality.”

The contractor is W.H. Bass, Inc., of Georgia. A tree has been cut at the intersection corner in preparation for work to get started.

The restaurant will feature a drive-thru with canopies designed to help keep customers moving and to shelter staff working the drive-thru from the outside. The chain has redesigned its drive-thru at all locations in response to the pandemic to keep traffic moving while many indoor dining rooms have been closed.

Known for its chicken sandwiches, the chain touts an emphasis on high-quality ingredients, with produce delivered to kitchens up to six times a week and salads made with whole fruits and vegetables that are chopped and prepared fresh throughout the day.

The company says owner/operators are highly involved in day-to-day operations, as most only oversee one location.

The Atlanta-based company has more than 2,600 locations in 47 states.

Down the highway a bit, Checkers is taking shape at 806 Highway 72 East, the former site of Long John Silver’s, as previously reported. It will be a drive-thru only restaurant serving burgers and other fast-food staples.

Global Midsouth Corp. hopes to open the restaurant this fall, possibly in November.

Staff Writer

Jebb Johnston is a 1991 Alcorn Central High School graduate and a 1995 Ole Miss journalism graduate. His primary beats are city and county government.

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