|Updated: 2/13 9:15 am
||Published: 2/12 8:20 pm
BROKEN ARROW, Okla. - Another big name business has signed a contract to come to the growing city of Broken Arrow.
Chick-Fil-A restaurant is scheduled to open at 71st and Lynn Lane in Broken Arrow in 2015.
The owner of the Chick-Fil-A at 71st and Garnett, Arthur Greeno, told FOX23 that customers have asked him for years to build a store in that area.
“Broken Arrow is my number one customer base and for years we wanted one, we just didn’t find the right location,” said Greeno.
Greeno said that a previous attempt to bring the restaurant to Broken Arrow didn’t pan out. He said that now that a contract has been signed, he anticipates that the store will open in early 2015 and employ about 70 people.
While a new fast food restaurant may not look like a big deal at first, FOX23 found out that this is all part of an effort by the city to hold on to sales tax revenue.
“We want to keep those dollars here,” said Senior Vice President of the Broken Arrow Chamber of Commerce April Sailsbury.
Sailsbury said that the city of Broken Arrow loses $1.1 billion dollars in sales tax leakage to surrounding cities. She said that the city has made a concentrated effort to provide more retail and restaurants.
“When we get big name businesses like Chick-Fil-A, that is huge, “said Sailsbury, “We are starting to get retail establishments that people are currently driving to Tulsa for.”
FOX23 has reported on the recent development in the Rose District and along Hillside Drive.
Sailsbury said the Chamber of Commerce is pleased with the growth and they anticipate more to come. She said that she hopes that people will make an effort to keep sales tax revenue in the community.
“We are hoping that people will change their habits and begin shopping and dining locally.”