Second Chick-fil-A planned for DIA

Chick fil A 2

Chick-fil-A is known for chicken and being closed on Sundays. (BusinessDen file)

Chick-fil-A is touching down for seconds at Denver International Airport.

A second location of the Georgia-based fast-food chain is planned for Concourse A, according to a contract going before the Denver City Council.

Skyport Holdings LLC, a concessionaire that already has a presence at the airport, plans to operate the restaurant in 1,700 square feet at the “core” of the concourse, where passengers emerge after getting off the shuttle from the main terminal.

The contract still needs to be approved. It would be the airport’s second Chick-fil-A; there’s already one in the core of Concourse B that opened in 2016 and is owned by a separate entity, Concessions International. (DIA’s first Chick-fil-A opened in 2002, but closed two years later.)

Skyport Holdings, meanwhile, already runs the Caribou Coffee and Ben & Jerry’s in Concourse A. The company has committed to spending nearly $2 million to build out the Chick-fil-A space, according to documents presented to the council.

The operators would pay about $900,000 in rent for the first year or 16 percent of sales, whichever is higher, according to the contract terms. The former figure works out to $529 per square foot annually. The lease would run for 10 years.

Though the rent may be sky-high, sales will likely be too. In September, the existing airport Chick-fil-A had revenue of $720,559 and was at nearly $6.2 million in sales year-to-date, both of which are 30 percent higher than the same period in 2022, according to the airport’s website.

The existing restaurant and the new one would, of course, be closed on Sundays.

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