BREAKING: Chick-Fil-A may be coming to Rock Island in 2021, according to a source who asked not to be named, but who has knowledge of the situation.

The source mentioned that the popular chicken chain was looking at at least two locations in Rock Island, one on the corner of 38th Street and 18th Avenue, across from Aldi, and the other one on 24th Street next to the new Dollar Tree store at 2252 24th Street.

The franchise is seriously looking at the city for a new spot due to the massive, and somewhat unexpected, success of their pop-up stands they ran in the city over the summer, most notably in front of St. Pius church on 24th, right up the street from the Dollar Tree, the source said. Given the heavy traffic and sales, and given the success of the Dollar Tree, the chicken sandwich shop, which also operates stores in Moline and Davenport, began to look into a brick-and-mortar spot in Rock Island.

When reached for comment tonight, Rock Island Mayor Mike Thoms wrote the following reply to QuadCities.com:

“The only comment that I have is they were looking at the corner of 38th St. and 18th Ave. so I know they had an interest in Rock Island but very well could be next to the Dollar Tree; depends if they can accommodate a drive-up window.

“But I truly have not heard anything more than that.”

Chick-Fil-A’s corporate office did not return inquiries for comment.

Keep an eye on QuadCities.com for further developments.

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