New chicken restaurant to close Springfield location

Chicka Wing on South Limestone Street in Springfield. BILL LACKEY/STAFF

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Chicka Wing on South Limestone Street in Springfield. BILL LACKEY/STAFF

A chicken restaurant that opened in Springfield in March has announced it will close this month due to increase in costs and inconsistent foot traffic.

Chicka Wing, located at 1875 S. Limestone St., is planning to shutter the doors of its Springfield location on Saturday, according to a post on its Facebook page.

“It’s with a heavy heart we announce the closure of our Springfield location. We know it seems like it’s happened quickly, but due to the constant increase in pricing and inconsistent foot traffic, we can no longer sustain the business,” Chicka Wing said in a post made Wednesday afternoon.

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“Serving the community only fresh high quality food comes as a struggle in this economy and we know we aren’t the only ones in this tough boat. We appreciate everyone’s support and loved seeing all of our regulars and new faces coming in. We hope you come see us for our last few days open,” the post added.

Chicka Wing is a new fast-casual, chicken restaurant concept that was founded by Adam Price, a Dayton transplant from Alabama, and Chicka Wing’s vice president is Kyle Smith, a Vandalia native.

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The brother-in-laws previously told this news organization that they wanted to fill a void in the Springfield area regarding fresh chicken options.

Chicka Wing’s menu featured several combo options, including choices of “chicka fingers” and wings, available bone-in or bone-out. Familiar chicken restaurant sides like Texas toast and French fries are also on the menu.

But, the new restaurant was not generating enough sales in the Springfield area. The number of new customers were lower than originally planned and that combined with inflationary prices regarding fresh chicken lead Price to decide to cut his losses.

He said that he did not see the situation improving for the Springfield location.

The closing of the Springfield location will allow Chicka Wing’s to focus on its drive-thru location in Huber Heights, located on 6315 Brandt Pike, and will have a grand opening on May 31.

Price said that he plans on building upon the Chicka Wing concept at the Huber Heights location and that the goal is to eventually expand the business and potentially return to Springfield.

The restaurant in Springfield represented Chicka Wing’s first location. Price added that nearly all of the Springfield location’s 14 employees will be transferred to the Huber Heights restaurant.

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