Chick-fil-A opening date

The new Chick-fil-A location is shown under construction in June 2019 on North Prospect Avenue in Champaign. The location is set to open for business at 6:30 a.m. Oct. 10.

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Among the questions veteran News-Gazette reporter Tom Kacich answers in this week's Mailbag, which publishes in full at 2 p.m. Friday:

"In a race, which gets built first, Golden Corral, Chick-fil-A, or the Starbucks on Mattis and Springfield?"

My money is on Chick-fil-A, since construction has already started at 2301 N. Prospect Ave. Starbucks, where they were about to pour concrete earlier this week, probably will be next. Golden Corral's planned site is covered in weeds.


Tom Kacich is a columnist and the author of Tom's Mailbag at The News-Gazette. His column appears Sundays. His email is, and you can follow him on Twitter (@tkacich).