Chick-fil-A is a step closer to opening its fourth restaurant in York County.

The Springettsbury Township Board of Supervisors on Wednesday approved plans for Georgia-based chicken chain to build a location at the York Mall.

Chick-fil-A will now submit building permits, and construction is expected to begin early next year, according to John Holman, township manager.

The company didn't return calls seeking comment, but the new restaurant is expected to create 60 jobs and open in mid-spring based on plans submitted, said Jim Baugh, director of community development for the township.

To make room for the new restaurant, the last remaining Blockbuster in York, 2801 E. Market St. #3, will be demolished, according to township officials.

During the last two years, Blockbuster has closed more than half of its stores and filed for bankruptcy. It is now a subsidiary of DISH Network Corp.

Once the East Market Street location closes, the closest Blockbuster will be in Lancaster County.

When the local Blockbuster will close hasn't been announces. A company spokeswoman didn't return calls seeking comment.

Blockbuster's lease at the shopping center expires at the end of the year, according to Baugh.

That's why Chick-fil-A can't move forward with construction until after Jan. 1, he said.

The new Chick-fil-A would be the fourth in the area, with locations in West Manchester Mall, Shrewsbury and planned along Route 30 in York City.

- Candy Woodall can also be reached at cwoodall@yorkdispatch.


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