Chick-fil-A to open in Warren County

Chick-fil-A plans to demolish the former Capital One bank building and construct a new 5,000-square-foot restaurant at the corner of Winchester and Country Club roads at Riverton Commons. Rich Cooley/Daily

FRONT ROYAL — Chick-fil-A plans to open a restaurant in Warren County.

The restaurant recently submitted a site plan to open at 145 Riverton Commons Plaza, Planning Director Taryn Logan said Wednesday. The 1.5-acre site is at the corner of Winchester and Country Club roads, where  the closed Capital One building is located.

Chick-fil-A plans to demolish the former bank building and construct a new 5,000-square-foot restaurant. The site plans call for 107 seats, parking, a two-car drive-through, and a shared entrance with the neighboring Starbucks.

They plan to construct “one of their new designs,” Logan said. She is not sure what that entails because building plans have not been submitted.

Restaurant representatives considered all possible Riverton Commons locations and “that’s where they they wanted to go,” Logan said.

The Capital One building was constructed in 2008, according to Warren County’s GIS website. The land, valued at about $1.9 million, was sold to ELP Riverton LLC in August 2017. The building is valued at about $933,700.

Receiving Virginia Department of Environmental Quality site plan approval is the main obstacle before demolition and construction can begin, Warren County Building Manager David Beahm said.

The Warrenton-based architect Bohler Engineering submitted the site plan to the DEQ, and Beahm said receiving approval in three months would be the best-case scenario.

It should not take the county nearly as long to approve the site plan, Logan said.

Aldi, the most recent business to open in the shopping center, waited about a year to receive DEQ approval, Beahm said.

That should not be the case for Chick-fil-A, he said, noting that Bohler was the original engineer for the Riverton Commons, and knows the DEQ’s expectations.