A Chick-Fil-A storefront. File photo.

New Chick-fil-A coming to Town & Country center

The restaurant will be located at the northeast corner of the retail center, in an outlot near East Stroop and Shroyer roads, Town & Country’s owners, the Columbus-based real estate development firms CASTO and joint partner Skilken, said today, April 21.

The Chick-fil-A restaurant chain operates a half-dozen locations in the Dayton region, including a restaurant that opened last year in the Cornerstone of Centerville just south of Kettering and one on Miamisburg-Centerville Road in Washington Twp, which will shut down briefly later this year to accommodate a significant makeover.

“We are pleased to announce Chick-Fil-A as the latest tenant addition to the shopping center,” Kelly Casto, asset manager for CASTO, said in a release. “We appreciate the patience and cooperation of the city of Kettering, our tenants and their patrons during these final stages of the expansion and renovation of the shopping center.”

Town & Country is wrapping up an extensive $7 million renovation project announced in late 2014 that helped attract and accommodate new tenants such as 23,000-square-foot anchor store T.J. Maxx and 14,00-square-foot “junior anchor” Petco. The retail center’s only grocery store, Trader Joe’s, expanded its footprint by 25 percent to 12,500 square feet as part of the project.

The 250,676-square-foot Town & Country shopping center is located on East Stroop Road, between Far Hills Avenue and Shroyer Road, and Kettering officials consider it a downtown of sorts for the suburban city. Kettering previously undertook an extensive beautification project around the shopping center, installing new walkways, lighting and landscaping.

Gregg Gorsuch, Kettering’s economic development manager, said last year that a revitalized Town & Country is critical to the health of the retail market in Kettering.

The retail market has become increasingly competitive in Dayton’s south suburbs, with two large-scale projects — the Cornerstone of Centerville under construction less than five miles away from Town & Country, and the Austin Landing development in Miami Twp. about 10 miles away — also actively marketing their sites to retailers.