New Chick-fil-A in Berry Farms breaks ground

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It was hot Wednesday morning, but not too hot for the Chick-fil-A cow to jump on a bulldozer to move some dirt and pave the way for a new Franklin Chick-fil-A location. 

The new Chick-fil-A restaurant will be in Berry Farms just off the Goose Creek bypass. The management team celebrated with a ground-breaking ceremony at the new location Wednesday.

Owners Jeanne and Richard Hammontree are thrilled to open their second store located in the heart of the new thriving Berry Farms development. 

“This is such an opportunity for us,” Jeanne Hammontree said. “The location is amazing; we will be right off the interstate, and we will have easy access from Goose Creek bypass. This part of Franklin is growing, and we will serve it well.”

The Hammontrees also own the Chick-fil-A in Franklin on Columbia Avenue, and while the two stores will be close to each other, Richard Hammontree sees them complementing each other. 

“This will be great for some of our customers who won’t have to drive so far,” he said. “We have such a great loyal following at our other location, and while we might lose a few customers there, we are excited that many of them will have a shorter drive.”

The restaurant is scheduled to open in January.

Two loyal customers at the Columbia Avenue location, Tony and Margaret Mickholtzick, are excited about the new location. They moved to Williamson County from Ohio five years ago.

“We bring the grandchildren to eat, and we have a blast,” Tony Mickholtzick said. “The Hammontrees are wonderful people, and they make us feel so welcome. When we come in the store, it’s kind of like the old show ‘Cheers,’ where everyone knows your name. If you need to have your spirits lifted, you come to the Chick-fil-A.”

The Hammontrees expect to have a similar following at the new location. 

“It is going to be a perfect spot for anyone that lives in South Franklin or traveling on I-65 to stop in and see us,” Richard Hammontree said.

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