Get a first look at Fall River's new Chick-fil-A. The fast food chain will open this week.

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FALL RIVER — After months of construction, an opening date is finally set for the first Chick-fil-A in Greater Fall River. The new restaurant, located at 700 William S. Canning Blvd, will open on Wednesday, July 6, according to a press release sent out by the company.

The company signed a lease agreement with SouthCoast Marketplace in the fall of last year. The busy shopping center is located between Route 24 and Route 18 and anchored by Market Basket, T.J.Maxx and a Picture Show movie theater,

The restaurant will be the first Chick-fil-A to open in Fall River. Currently, the next closest in-person locations are in Seekonk and Attleboro, with a location in Providence that offers just delivery.

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The restaurant will offer dine-in, drive-thru and carry-out service from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Mondays through Saturdays. Like other Chick-fil-A locations, it will be closed on Sundays.

The location will have about 130 full- and part-time employees, according to the release.

Julie Gallagher is the independent franchised owner/operator for the Fall River location.

"As full-time, hands-on leaders in their restaurants, Chick-fil-A Owner/Operators proudly reside in the communities in which they serve," the company said in the release.

Chick-fil-A is opening at Southcoast Marketplace in Fall River on Wednesday.
Chick-fil-A is opening at Southcoast Marketplace in Fall River on Wednesday.

Giving back

In honor of the opening, Chick-fil-A, Inc. plans to donate $25,000 to Feeding America, a national non-profit that runs a network of agencies like food pantries, soup kitchen and shelters.

“These funds will be distributed to partners in the greater Providence area to aid in the fight against hunger,” the company said in the release.

New staff and staff trainers at Chick-fil-A in Fall River.
New staff and staff trainers at Chick-fil-A in Fall River.

The new restaurant is also recognizing “100 local heroes making an impact in the Fall River area” with free Chick-fil-A meals for a year and will be participating in the company’s Shared Table program, which “redirects surplus food from the restaurant to local soup kitchens, shelters, food banks and nonprofits in need.”

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