Taking Care of Business: Chick-fil-A back for second visit

By Kristen Tribe | Published Saturday, September 22, 2018

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We’re cookin’ with gas now, folks.

For the second time in two weeks, Chick-fil-A was right here, in Wise County, selling sandwiches. Ashley Major with Hey Sugar candy store in Decatur brought CFA back for the Decatur homecoming parade Monday evening.

They sold every sandwich and donated the few remaining sandwiches to local firefighters.

“The community was very thankful,” Major said.

That’s the key people: keep talking. When Chick-fil-A is here, let those folks know you like it, you love it, you want some more of it.

Funny aside: an electrical outage almost put the kibosh on Monday night’s pop-up. The food was coming from the restaurant at Champions Center (across from Texas Motor Speedway), but the electricity went out that afternoon. They ended up having to get the food from the Roanoke location, which delayed their arrival on the Decatur Square.

Although everyone was a bit frazzled, it was service with a smile, per normal with CFA, and the count rolled back to zero.

Today it’s been five days without Chick-fil-A in Wise County.


Speaking of food and fun, Taste Bridgeport is next weekend – Sept. 29. The Texas food and wine celebration on Halsell Street in downtown Bridgeport is 4 to 9 p.m., followed by a concert featuring the Spazmatics – a crazy 1980s cover band.

Tickets will be available at the gate for $40 each. You’ll have the chance to visit 16 food stops and 13 beverage booths, featuring beer, wine and whiskey. Plus, you can shop Bridgeport’s downtown stores and boutiques.

This is the third year for the event, and what started as an intimate food and wine pairing has evolved into a full-blown buffet. You won’t go away hungry!


The abandoned gas station and convenience store on Farm Road 51 South and W. John Street (across from the Wise County Fairgrounds) in Decatur has been demolished. There’s nothing left now but dirt.

Decatur EDC Director Thom Lambert said he doesn’t know of any plans for the site. A demolition permit is the only thing that’s been pulled for that address, he said.

There are no gas stations south of Circle S on FM 51, so it’d be nice if one was built at that location. Here’s hoping!


The Orscheln Farm and Home store planned for a 28-acre site on Business U.S. 380 in Decatur is being redesigned, so contruction could be delayed.

City Engineer Earl Smith told the EDC board Wednesday that no one should be concerned. This is apparently “standard operating procedure,” according to officials tied to the project, Smith said. He was told the company has even halted projects after a foundation was poured to rethink their plans.

“Right now, they’re looking at downsizing the building a little and having a lot out front where something else could be sited,” Smith said. “It’s going to take more than a casual rework of plans.

“They’re in that process now, and their guy assures me it will happen but it will look different. We’ll have to start all over on the review and platting process.”

Kristen Tribe is assistant publisher of the Wise County Messenger. If you have a tip for TCB, email it to or call 940-627-5987.

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