May 18 – A chicken restaurant that opened in Springfield in March announced it would close this month due to rising costs and erratic foot traffic.
Chicka Wing, located at 1875 S. Limestone St., plans to close its Springfield location on Saturday, according to a post on its Facebook page.
“It is with heavy hearts that we announce the closure of our Springfield location. We know this seems to have happened quickly, but due to ever-increasing prices and inconsistent foot traffic, we can no longer maintain activity,” Chicka Wing said in a post on Wednesday afternoon.
“Serving the community with only high quality, fresh food is a struggle in this economy and we know we’re not alone in this tough boat. We appreciate everyone’s support and loved seeing all of our regulars and new faces arrive. We hope you will come see us for our last days of operation,” the post added.
Chicka Wing is a new concept fast-casual chicken restaurant that was founded by Adam Price, a transplant from Dayton, Alabama, and Chicka Wing’s Vice President is Kyle Smith, a Vandalia native.
The brothers-in-law previously told this news agency that they want to fill a void in the Springfield area when it comes to fresh chicken options.
The Chicka Wing menu had several combo options, including “chicka fingers” and wing choices, available with or without bone. Familiar chicken restaurant sides like Texas toast and fries are also on the menu.
But the new restaurant wasn’t generating enough sales in the Springfield area. The number of new customers was lower than initially expected and this, combined with inflationary prices for fresh chicken lead, decided to cut its losses.
He said he didn’t see the situation improving for the Springfield site.
Closing the Springfield location will allow Chicka Wing to focus on its drive-thru location in Huber Heights, located at 6315 Brandt Pike, and will have a grand opening on May 31.
Price said he plans to build on the Chicka Wing concept at the Huber Heights site and the goal is to eventually expand the business and eventually return to Springfield.
The Springfield restaurant represented Chicka Wing’s first location. Price added that almost all of the 14 employees at the Springfield site will be transferred to the Huber Heights restaurant.