Residents 'pretty excited' about Chick-fil-A food truck appearance

Cary Ashby • Jul 16, 2019 at 5:00 PM

It was worth the 15-minute drive for Collins resident Savanah Hiesser to buy some Chick-fil-A in Norwalk.

The 2015 Western Reserve High School graduate ordered her usual — chicken nuggets and waffle fries — from the Strongsville-based food truck Friday.

“Every time. Every time I go to Chick-fil-A,” said a smiling Hiesser, referring to her go-to order.

Through social media, she learned the food truck was going to be in Norwalk.

“I just shared it with one of my friends,” said the daughter of Mike and Rhonda.

About 2 p.m. Thursday, Norwalk Mayor Rob Duncan used his “Mayor Rob Duncan” page to post about the food truck’s planned presence the next day.

“Within two hours, I had about 15,000 reaches. Right now I’m at about 50,000,” he said after doing a live video session near the truck. “Then I had 600 shares. I’m lucky to get that many ‘likes,’ much less shares.”

Food truck owner Brian Wellman received permission from Pat Catan’s to be in the parking lot. Duncan said Wellman had worked through the Norwalk Economic Development Corp. and director Heather Horowitz contacted him.

“They were at the fairgrounds last week for the fireworks. They had to leave early due to some technical difficulties,” the mayor added.

The line for the food truck remained consistently between 25 to 30 customers Friday. It was in the Pat Catan’s parking lot starting about 3 p.m.

“It takes about 10 minutes to get through the line. Not too long,” Duncan said.

Hiesser said she thinks “it’s a great idea” if the Wellman’s food truck came to Norwalk on a regular basis.

Norwalk resident Orlando Kilpatrick and his wife Shaina were in the line. Kilpatrick heard about the food truck being in town from his brother-in-law.

“Pretty excited,” said Kilpatrick, who is “not really” a Chick-fil-A regular, but considers himself a fan of eating chicken.

His wife, who grew up in Norwalk, used to regularly go to the fast-food restaurant in Millington, Tenn.

“I hate that they don’t have any Chick-fil-As out this way,” she said.

Chick-fil-A plans to begin construction on its Sandusky location in August. The restaurant, renowned for its chicken sandwiches, is slated to be built between the BP gas station and the newly opened Culver’s on Milan Road.

S. Truett Cathy founded Chick-fil-A in 1967 with the first location in Atlanta. The company is now worth about $9 billion and has expanded to include more than 2,200 locations.

“We’re always evaluating potential new locations in the hopes of serving existing and new customers great food with remarkable service,” company spokesperson Jackie Jags said.

The Perkins Township zoning department approved the plans for the 5,300-square-foot building. Construction was waiting for the completion of a turn lane, which was finished last week.

“We’re excited to confirm that we will begin construction on our first stand-alone Sandusky location in early August,” Jags said.

The company projects the restaurant’s grand opening will be between January and March.


EDITOR’S NOTE: Michael Harrington of Tandem Media Network contributed to this story.

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