An order is delivered to one of the first cars at Chick-Fil-A’s store in Marysville on its opening day Thursday on May 21, 2020. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

An order is delivered to one of the first cars at Chick-Fil-A’s store in Marysville on its opening day Thursday on May 21, 2020. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Chicken with a side of traffic: Everett Mall Chick-fil-A opens Dec. 7

The new Everett Mall Way restaurant is the popular chain’s fifth Snohomish County location. Openings often cause traffic backups.

EVERETT — Expect a traffic jam near the west end of Everett Mall when the new Chick-fil-A restaurant opens next week.

The Chick-fil-A at 1124 SE Everett Mall Way opens Thursday, Dec. 7.

If you’re not craving a toasted chicken sandwich or waffle fries, you might want to steer clear. Hours are 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

Chick-fil-A openings are sometimes accompanied by free food, causing the drive-thru line to swell at the already popular eatery.

The Everett Mall restaurant is open for dine-in, drive-thru and take-out.

The location will add to the redevelopment at the mall’s west end. Everett Mall owner Brixton Capital is renovating the former Sears store. So far, two tenants have been announced, Ulta Beauty and At Home, a home goods retailer. A state liquor license application indicates the Trader Joe’s in Everett could move down the road from its current location to the former Sears store.

The Everett Chick-fil-A store is the chain’s fifth Snohomish County location. The first opened in Lynnwood in 2015. Store openings in Bothell, Marysville and Lynnwood (twice) drew long lines of cars waiting outside the restaurant.

When the chain opened a Marysville location in May 2020, city officials made sure there were police officers on hand to direct traffic.

The new Everett location is a franchise, but it is locally owned and operated by Brandon Ediger, according to a Chick-fil-A statement.

Ediger, former general manager of the Chick-fil-A in Kirkland, and his family have been Everett residents for more than five years, the company said.

The restaurant has been in the works for a year.

To celebrate the opening of the new Everett store, Chick-fil-A will donate $25,000 to Feeding America. The money will be distributed to partners in the greater Everett area to aid in the fight against hunger, the company said.

The Everett Mall location will also take part in the Chick-fil-A Shared Table program and donate surplus food to local soup kitchens, shelters, food banks and nonprofits in need.

In September, Chick-fil-A also filed plans to open a second Marysville restaurant west of Highway 9 on Soper Hill Road at 87th Avenue NE. The proposed groundbreaking takes place in February. The restaurant could open in August.

Based near Atlanta, Georgia, Chick-fil-A, operates more than 3,000 restaurants in 48 states, Washington D.C., Puerto Rico and Canada. And more open every week. In November, the company announced opening dates for more than 10 restaurants. The company employs nearly 200,000 people.

The restaurants are closed Sundays for religious reasons. The family-owned and privately held restaurant company has drawn backlash and protests due to its ownership’s longstanding open opposition to same-sex marriage.

Janice Podsada: 425-339-3097; jpodsada@heraldnet.com; Twitter: @JanicePods.

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