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Wednesday, October 4, 2023

Rapid progress at new Chick-fil-A in Ocala

Construction has been progressing rapidly on a new Chick-fil-A being built at the intersection of SW College Road and SW 48th Avenue.

Walls were put up by construction crews in recent weeks at the new location, which will be the third in Ocala for the popular chicken franchise.

Walls up at new Chick fil A in Ocala (1)
Progress at the new Chick-fil-A coming to SW College Road in Ocala

The restaurant will be located next to multiple businesses that have opened up in the past couple years, including RaceWash, Culver’s, CarMax, and Chicken Salad Chick.

Plans call for construction of a 5,875-square-foot, one-story building.

Chick-fil-A rendering for new location in Ocala
Chick-fil-A rendering of new location in Ocala

No opening date has been announced for the new Chick-fil-A, which is located at 5048 SW 48th Avenue in Ocala.

Currently, the franchise operates two other locations in Ocala, both of which are also located along SW College Road.

Chick-fil-A joins other restaurants across the city that are in various stages of construction, including many that have opened new locations this summer.

On Friday, The Flame Indian Kitchen opened its new restaurant at 3710 SW College Road, next to I-75.

The Flame Indian Kitchen
The Flame Indian Kitchen is now open in Ocala

J Marie Brands, which sells specialty cheesecakes, celebrated the grand opening of its first brick-and-mortar location in Ocala.

The District Bar & Kitchen celebrated the opening of its new restaurant in downtown Ocala this summer. That restaurant was built from the ground up, replacing former tenant Pi on Broadway.

The Popeyes located at 1713 S Pine Avenue is steadily making progress on its newly constructed restaurant, which is projected to open later this fall.

Popeyes at 1713 S Pine Avenue in Ocala
Popeyes at 1713 S Pine Avenue in Ocala (August 27, 2023)

Remington’s Prime Steakhouse is currently renovating the former location of Blue Waygu, which closed up shop in west Ocala last year.

Fat Boys BBQ reopened its iconic location in east Ocala after new ownership conducted extensive renovations at the property, which is located at 4132 E Silver Springs Boulevard.

Fat Boys BBQ in Ocala
Fat Boys BBQ in Ocala (4132 East Silver Springs Blvd; Photo: Fat Boys BBQ)

In addition to the others, Crave BBQ and Hot DogsBig Lee’s BBQSweet ‘N Savory EatsMorelli’s Pizza and SubsOla Drive-Thru Coffee, and Slice all opened new locations this summer.