Plans are moving forward for a Chick-fil-A restaurant at the corner of Highway 72 and South Parkway.

As the cow’s sign says, Corinth is getting ready to “eat mor chikin.”

A zoning variance and other preparations are afoot for a planned Chick-fil-A restaurant in Corinth. The proposed location is the southwest corner of the high-traffic intersection of Highway 72 East and South Parkway Street.

Local officials are thrilled about the project and all the buzz surrounding it.

“There is certainly a tremendous amount of excitement surrounding the ongoing planning work in anticipation of this announcement,” said Clayton Stanley, president of The Alliance. “For quite some time, The Alliance staff along with Mayor Irwin and the Board of Aldermen have worked very hard to position Corinth to win this project. Corinth and Alcorn County are very hot right now, whether retail, restaurant or industry. Business is booming, and we look forward to continuing to work with the business community and our local elected officials to ensure that this type of success continues for the benefit of all our citizens.”

Chick-fil-A has not formally announced the restaurant.

According to a legal notice recently published in the Daily Corinthian, the city’s Board of Adjustment will have a public hearing in its Monday meeting on a requested variance for a reduction in the side yard setback from 25 feet to 1 foot in order to build drive-through canopies for a Chick-fil-A on the corner lot.

The applicant is John Scribner by and through Steve McElwain.

The city is also considering the closure of a portion of Hinton Street near the intersection. In recent years, an old house and strip shopping center have been removed from the area.

Based in Georgia, the chicken sandwich-oriented fast-food chain grew out of the Dwarf Grill, which opened in Hapeville, Ga., in 1946. The first Chick-fil-A opened in Atlanta in 1967 and is now present in 47 states.

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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