It has a cult-like following, a larger chunk of the fast food chicken market than KFC, and millions of loyal fans who devour the restaurant’s tender breaded chicken sandwiches and famous waffle fries.
And it’s coming to Las Vegas.
However as of this writing in October 2016, there are no Chick-fil-A locations in Las Vegas.
That’s soon about to change.
The popular national chain with over 2,000 locations in 43 states has begun construction on three Chick-fil-A restaurants in the Las Vegas area.
By early 2017, Las Vegas will have two Chick-fil-A locations open, with a third near the Strip to open shortly thereafter.
Las Vegas Chick-fil-A Locations
In October of 2015, the Las Vegas City Council approved the first Chick-Fil-A restaurant to be located in the city limits of Las Vegas. The location is an undeveloped parcel of land on the northeast corner of the intersection of W. Sahara Avenue and S. Rancho Drive, catty-corner from the Palace Station Hotel and Casino.
(The three colored dots show you the three different Chick-Fil-A Las Vegas Locations.)
There has been a ground breaking and construction began on this Chick-fil-A building in late September 2016. It expected to be completed and open for business sometime in 2017. There hasn’t been an official announcement, but I assume it will be open by late spring of 2017.
When opened, it will be the closest Chick-fil-A to the Las Vegas Strip. In fact, it will be just a little less than one mile east of the Strip and within a short drive or taxi/Uber fare to the SLS, Stratosphere and Circus Circus.
I should note here that the excellent Las Vegas food site, VegasEater.com, has reported that a 4th Chick-Fil-A location is eventually planned for a location on Las Vegas Boulevard, approximately two miles south of Mandalay Bay. The company, however, has not announced anything officially about that as of this writing.
Henderson, Nevada Chick-fil-A Locations
Two other Chick-fil-A restaurants currently being built are in Henderson, a sprawling suburb to the south and east of Las Vegas.
One restaurant is located at 9925 S. Eastern Avenue. This location, in the Diamond Summit Plaza shopping area, near the St. Rosa Parkway, will be officially called the Chick-fil-A at Diamond Summit Plaza and will be the southernmost Las Vegas Chick-fil-A.
It’s located just over a mile to the south and west of the Green Valley Ranch Resort Spa & Casino and is taking the place where a Nacho Daddy used to operate.
The other Chick-fil-A under construction is at 460 N. Stephanie Street. Officially called the “Chick-fil-A at Stephanie and Warm Springs Road” by the company, it’s located just a few hundred feet from the Sunset Station Hotel & Casino.
Both of these Henderson restaurants will have seating for 122 customers inside, with additional outdoor patio seating. There will also be a children’s play area inside of both restaurants.
Future Chick-fil-A Las Vegas Locations
While the company is mum on where exactly, future restaurants will be located, they have publically stated they plan to have between 8 to 10 locations in Las Vegas within the next five years. It’s unclear if there will be a Chick-fil-A on the Las Vegas Strip, but it seems unlikely, given both the cost to buy or lease Strip storefronts, and because of the company’s policy of letting employees have Sunday’s off of work.
According to AdWeek, Chick-fil-A is the nation’s most successful fast food restaurant, in terms of sales per store. On average, each restaurant has sales of $3.1 million per year.
Similar to In-N-Out, Chick-fil-A is privately owned. Unlike In-N-Out however, Chick-fil-A franchises out its restaurants. Currently there are over 2,000 Chick-fil-A franchises, and in 2015, those stores generated a combined $6 billion plus in sales. Pretty impressive for a company founded back in 1946 with one little restaurant.
It’s combination of over-the-top, friendly service (especially for a fast food joint), tasty, unique fried chicken flavor with pickle and soft bun, and decadent shakes has made Chick-fil-A even more successful than KFC, despite the fact KFC has many more locations and gets an extra day of sales. (Chick-fil-A restaurants are closed on Sundays).