There are now two major businesses, Meijer and Chick-Fil-A, expected on Mahoning Avenue near route 46 in Austintown Township.

Austintown Township Zoning Inspector Darren Crivelli said the township will manage the traffic of these major businesses by adding a new traffic signal and relying on Chick-Fil-A's plans for strategic drive-thru flow. 

"You have to manage the traffic, but on the other hand, Chick-Fil-A is the one business that Austintown residents have been calling this office for the last 10 years saying, 'Why can't we get a Chick-Fil-A?'" Crivelli said. 

Crivelli said Chick-Fil-A agreed to build on the Mahoning Avenue site as long as there's a traffic light on Mahoning Avenue between Chick-Fil-A and Meijer, which Crivelli said will make the traffic flow better.

"If you're coming out, it's easy to turn right, but if you want to turn left, well, you want a traffic signal there," he said, "If you want to turn left and go west, you got the light."

Not only will the light allow drivers to make left turns quicker, but Crevell said Chick-Fil-A has strategic plans for their drive-thru system, an all too familiar sight if you've ever visited the fast-food chain. Chik-Fil-A will not only have two entrance/exits, but also a drive-thru able to hold 46 cars. 

"It's just their management style if that drive-thru lane starts to get busy, then they send employees out with handheld devices and they take your order," Crivelli said. 

He adds that yes, there will be an uptick in traffic, but feels confident it will be managed.

"At the end of the day, whether you're in Austintown, Boardman, or Niles traffic is the lifeblood of the commercial community," Crivelli said, "Without traffic, you have vacant buildings."

Crivelli said there's still no word from Meijer on when they will start construction. As for Chick-Fil-A, they plan to open by January 2022.

"We're still anxiously awaiting," Crivelli said, "Meijer has not given us any indication whatsoever that they're not coming, and I would estimate they probably have about $3.5 million dollars invested in that site so far with land acquisition."

Chick-Fil-A is set to receive permit approval in the coming days, according to Crivelli.