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Monday, December 11, 2023

Construction of Chick-fil-A in Ocala winding down

A new Chick-fil-A at the intersection of SW College Road and SW 48th Avenue in Ocala is taking shape as construction crews make progress towards its completion.

In recent weeks, crews have been moving quickly to complete the exterior of the 5,875-square-foot, one-story building that will house the popular chicken franchise’s third location in Ocala.

Walls up at new Chick fil A in Ocala (1)
Construction crews putting up the walls at the new Chick-fil-A location earlier this year (Photo taken in September 2023)
Chick fil A construction site (October 28, 2023) 2
Crews rapidly constructing the exterior of the new Chick-fil-A location in Ocala (Photo taken on October 28, 2023)
Chick fil A construction site (October 28, 2023) 1
The new Chick-fil-A location’s exterior has taken shape as construction crews move closer to completion (Photo taken on October 28, 2023)

No opening date has been announced for the new Chick-fil-A, which is located at 5048 SW 48th Avenue in Ocala. Currently, the fast-food restaurant operates two other locations in Ocala, both of which are located along SW College Road.

The new Chick-fil-A 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.

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

On October 9, K-Pot Korean BBQ & Hot Pot opened its first restaurant in Ocala at 2621 SW 19th Avenue.

KPot Korean BBQ & Hot Pot in Ocala
K-POT Korean BBQ & Hot Pot in Ocala (Photo taken in July 2023)

In October, family-owned sandwich shop Connotto’s opened its doors in southeast Ocala at 3751 SE 36th Avenue. The eatery took over the former location of a vegan cafe that closed a couple years ago.

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

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 (Photo taken on 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 located at 4132 E Silver Springs Boulevard in Ocala (Photo: Fat Boys BBQ)

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