RED OAK — In a year of thriving economic development, Red Oak will soon be, as the slogan says, eating "mor chikin."

Chick-fil-A is expected to open its Red Oak doors this fall, says Lee McCleary, Red Oak Economic Development Director.

“It definitely fills the void, and Red Oak is needing more places to eat, and Chick-Fil-A is one of the top three franchises in the United States,” explained McCleary. “This is a big step forward for us.”

Located off East Ovilla Road and North Interstate-35 Service Road, in-between Race Trac and Prosperity Bank, the restaurant is continuing the trend of the city's economic expansion.

“The City of Red Oak is actively working with about 75 different realtors and restaurants that we have open communication with,” McCleary articulated the business interest. “It is phenomenal. We have over 600 single-family homes in development right now, and then we have more on the horizon, so it’s just amazing.”

Already the top Texas city in terms of the average days a house is sold on the market and second in the nation, Red Oak is also adding an arsenal of incoming commercial properties to the list.

“We’ve also got a new Prosperity Bank going in next door, and there’s another development that’s going to be adjacent to the Chick-Fil-A that’s going to be developed very soon. So that whole area is going to have a completely different look within the next year,” McCleary explained.

According to a recent Red Oak demographics report, the city topped its population at 10,769 citizens in 2010 with a 150 percent growth from its previous years. By 2016, the population increased by 1,692 residents to reach a total of 12,461.

“What really drives the retail is population and income growth, and that’s occurring here, and that’s what people are seeing – more retailers, more restaurants in Red Oak, and more will be on the way very soon,” McCleary said.

McCleary stated he is sure the Chick-fil-A business model and approach will go over well with residents.

“It’s a little bit of a different venue, and it’s a planned development with a little bit of a different architectural style than some of the other buildings,” McCleary recognized. “But it’s going to blend in very well with the other projects that are on-going, as well as with the existing buildings.”

McCleary added, “It’s taken a lot of hard work and a lot of people to get to this point. It’s extremely exciting, and we’re at the right place at the right time in history, so we’re going to continue to prosper. Red Oak is doing very, very well."