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Chick-fil-A, Five Guys bound for Vancouver Mall

Both fast food chains to be in new ‘satellite building’

By , Columbian business reporter
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Chick-fil-A and Five Guys will be coming to a future satellite building at the Vancouver Mall, according to a pair of leasing brochures posted on mall owner Centennial Real Estate’s website.
Chick-fil-A and Five Guys will be coming to a future satellite building at the Vancouver Mall, according to a pair of leasing brochures posted on mall owner Centennial Real Estate’s website. Alisha Jucevic/The Columbian Photo Gallery

Chick-fil-A and Five Guys appear set to join the lineup of restaurants at the Vancouver Mall.

The two fast casual brands are listed in a leasing brochure posted on the website of mall owner Centennial Real Estate, with both restaurants described as “coming soon.”

According to a leasing information map on the website, the restaurants will be in a future satellite building in the southwest corner of the mall’s parking lot, along the inside of Vancouver Mall Drive loop. The section in question was recently fenced off, although construction does not appear to have begun yet.

Five Guys did not reply to requests for comment. A representative for Chick-fil-A said that the company hopes to “serve guests at the Vancouver Mall in the future,” but said the company could not confirm plans for any new locations at the moment. Vancouver Mall marketing manager Bree Sanchez said the mall is “excited to welcome strong brands like Chick-fil-A and Five Guys,” and that grand opening announcements would come in early 2020.

Chick-fil-A is headquartered in Atlanta, Ga., and operates about 2,400 franchised locations throughout the United States with a menu built around chicken sandwiches. Five Guys is headquartered in Lorton, Va., and serves burgers and hot dogs at about 1,500 franchised locations.

Both brands have a presence in the Portland region, although Five Guys has a larger local footprint, boasting a dozen Portland metro restaurants including two in Clark County – one in Hazel Dell and one at the east end of Mill Plain Boulevard.

Chick-fil-A has two locations in the Portland area and opened its first Clark County location near the Columbia Tech Center in 2016, drawing huge crowds and quite a few overnight campers hoping to be among the first 100 customers, who were promised free meals for a year as part of a grand opening promotion.

Plans for the Vancouver Mall satellite project emerged last fall when Centennial submitted a preliminary application to the city of Vancouver to develop the building on a 1.9-acre section of the parking lot a short distance west of the C-Tran transit center.

The pre-application plans described a building divided into two sections: a roughly 5,000 square foot space connected to a drive-thru and a smaller adjacent section with roughly 3,900 square feet of space.

The Chick-fil-A will take the larger drive-thru space, according to the Centennial leasing diagram, and the Five Guys will take up 2,300 square feet next door. The remaining 1,576 square foot section doesn’t have a listed tenant on the diagram.

After the preliminary plans were submitted in September, Vancouver Mall general manager JB Schutte said the drive-thru space would go to a fast food restaurant and the smaller space would be split between two high-turnover, sit-down restaurants.

At the time he said the mall was still negotiating with potential tenants, and described the earliest possible opening time as 2020.

The mall has undergone several remodeling projects throughout its life, but the satellite building is the first major addition of new space since the 1980s.

The project is one of several investments that Centennial has made in the years after it bought the mall from Westfield in 2015, Schutte said — other projects have included new stairs and lighting.

Schutte said the satellite restaurant building has been under discussion for several years, eyed as a way to expand the mall’s role as an eating and entertainment destination in addition to a shopping center.

“We’ve got a substantial amount of extra parking, and there seems to be a demand for more restaurants,” he said in September.

The project will result in a net loss of 82 mall parking spaces, but the pre-application stated that the mall would still have an excess of spaces. The parking lot has about 5,000 spaces overall, according to mall staff.

Columbian business reporter

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