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Landmark store demolished in Hickory Flat community

Building site in East Cherokee County on Hickory Flat Highway will become a Chick-fil-A

A brick store and gas station building dating to the 1950s in the Hickory Flat community has been demolished to build a new fast-food restaurant. 

The Hickory Flat store building, though vacant, was a landmark at the intersection of Hickory Flat Highway and East Cherokee Drive. Plans call for a Chick-fil-A restaurant on the site, according to the Cherokee County planning department. 

Portions of metal work from the store were seen Saturday. Across the street is a shopping center that includes a Walgreens store.

The Cherokee County Historical Society had launched a petition drive to save the building, but it was demolished last week. "This is the last historic building located on the four corners that was the epicenter of historic Hickory Flat," according to a description of the property on the Historical Society's website. 

Built in 1950, it had been a store and gas station. More recently, an antique shop was located on the property. The building had been vacant for a number of years at the time of the demolition. The brick building replaced a wood building that previously stood on the site, the historic society said.

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The site is owned by Glenridge HF I LLC, according to the planning department.

The property is close to the Hickory Flat Historical Cemetery on East Cherokee Drive, the Hickory Flat Library and a campus of Cherokee County schools that includes Sequoyah High School, Dean Rusk Middle School and Hickory Flat Elementary.

Hickory Flat, though not incorporated, is one of the oldest communities in Cherokee County.

A view looking toward what had been the front of store.
A small part of the brick exterior at the rear of the building after demolition.
A photo taken earlier in 2018 shows the rear of the store building. A second floor once was used as a Masonic lodge, according to the Cherokee County Historical Society. (Brian O'Shea / bposhea@ajc.com)
A view from the front of the store on the side that faced East Cherokee Drive. (Brian O'Shea / bposhea@ajc.com)

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