Chick-fil-A to set up mobile location in Petal

By HASKEL BURNS,

For Petal residents looking for their Chick-fil-A fix, it may not always be practical to venture all the way to west Hattiesburg to the Hub City’s two available locations in Turtle Creek Mall and U.S. 98.

Fortunately for them, that shouldn’t be a problem much longer, as Justin Lombardozzi, the owner and operator of the Turtle Creek location, is in the process of teaming with the Petal Area Chamber of Commerce to bring a mobile Chick-fil-A to the Friendly City at least once a week.

“I think this is going to be absolutely amazing for Petal,” said Brandi Hales, who serves as the administrative and catering director at the mall location. “I’m a Petal girl – I was born and raised there, so Petal has always been near and dear to my heart.

“So I’ve just been getting a lot of guests asking why we don’t do this in Petal. And who doesn’t love Chick-fil-A? So I wanted to do something amazing for the city of Petal, and I feel like this is going to be a great partnership.”

The store will start out selling lunch on Tuesdays from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. The menu will be limited at first, with sandwiches, chips cookies, tea, lemonade and water.

Although officials are still working out an exact location for the mobile store, it will be set up in the downtown area.

Once school starts, Hales is looking forward to offering a breakfast menu as well.

“Depending on how well it does, we are going to also open up some healthier options, like the grilled wraps, the market salads, the club salads and the fruit cups,” she said. “Once we do breakfast, we’ll do the chicken biscuits and the fruit cups for breakfast.”

Hales and other Chick-fil-A representatives fully expect the Petal store to be a successful venture, and hope to be able to bring the concept to the Friendly City more than once a week in the future.

“My main goal is to be a Chick-fil-A owner/operator one day, and I would absolutely love to have one in Petal,” Hales said. “Petal is such an amazing town, and it’s already grown so much since I graduated (from Petal High School), and it’s still continuing to grow and excel.

“It’s an amazing school system, a great arts program, and the first Excel By 5 school system in the state. So I feel like this is just an added bonus – what’s better than Chick-fil-A?”

In addition to the upcoming mobile location, Chick-fil-A also delivers to Petal and beyond once or twice a week.

“We actually will deliver the full menu, except for fries, to Petal,” Hales said. “I take them out there to the medical clinics, and I handle all the catering and delivering.

“We go from Runnelstown/New Augusta to Columbia, and then as far south as Camp Shelby and as far north as Exit 76 (Hattiesburg-Laurel Regional Airport) on Interstate 59. I love this company, I love the brand, I love Petal, and Petal loves Chick-fil-A, so I’m just really, really excited about this and I cannot wait.”