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Updated: National Restaurant Chain Coming to Former KFC

A restaurant is negotiating a lease for the Ritchie Highway location in Severna Park.

Updated (Jan. 26): Mark Mueller, a leasing agent with Baltimore-based Sierra Mid-Atlantic, responded to Patch via email on Monday pertaining to the status of the former KFC location. There has been much speculation on what type of restaurant will be moving in, and it looks like we have to wait a little longer, according to Mueller.

"We can report that we have a signed a contingent lease with a company that is in the feasibility phase, where they investigate whether the site physically can work for them. They have about 90 days more to make a decision before they are bounded by the lease. So we are getting closer!" he wrote.

In the meantime, let's just keep guessing. Whoever guesses it correctly in the comment thread will receive a Patch tote bag and water bottle!

Updated (Jan. 3)—Many Severna Park Patch readers have asked about the status of the former KFC location on Ritchie Highway. According to the last report in , Mark Mueller, a leasing agent with Baltimore-based Sierra Mid-Atlantic, stated that a national restaurant chain was negotiating a lease on the property. A confidentiality agreement prohibited Mueller from specifying which restaurant will be moving to the location.

In response to an email on Friday, Mueller said they are "close to being able to say, but not yet" and suggested checking towards the end of the month. So, the guessing will have continue for a few more weeks.

In the meantime, share what you think would be a good fit for that location in the comments below.

(Original post) The Colonel left town back in June—Colonel Sanders that is—and his departure was posted on .

The founder of KFC vacated the premises at 511 Ritchie Highway in Severna Park and many Patch readers want to know what will be taking its place.

Severna Park Patch spoke with Mark Mueller, the leasing agent with Baltimore based Sierra Mid-Atlantic, on Tuesday and learned that a national restaurant chain is currently negotiating a lease on the property. Mueller said there is a confidentiality clause in the contract prohibiting him from disclosing which restaurant it is but said the negotiations should wrap up in about 30 days.

When asked if it was going to be a Chick-fil-A, he couldn't confirm either way.

"It is a well recognized national chain," he said. When asked if it is a fast-food chain, he responded with "fast casual."

The current building will not be used, which means before the start of construction, county permits will have to be acquired. If all goes well with the lease, Mueller sees it opening sometime mid-2012.

According to Mueller, there were about a dozen restaurants interested in that location.

"It was well received by prospects and we were approached by many restaurant chains," he said, adding that property like the former KFC in Severna Park is hard to come by for businesses.

Patch will keep you updated when more information becomes available on this property.

Mike November 21, 2011 at 04:03 PM
Any news on this?
Leslie Hunt November 21, 2011 at 04:15 PM
Hi Mike, This is all we have until the new lease is signed. The leasing agent, Mike Mueller, said he would let us know when it is a done deal. If we don't hear back in a few weeks, I'll contact him again.
Wally December 05, 2011 at 04:16 PM
I heard they are replacing the former KFC with the Lou Brothers Restaurant chain! Which would be great! All they sell is Pigs Feet. Fried Pigs Feet, Roasted Pigs Feet, Braised Pigs Feet, Steamed Pigs Feet, Pigs Feet Salads, Pigs Feet Wraps, etc. I think you get the idea. This place is huge in Canada and they are trying to penetrate the USA market. Don't knock it till you've tried this soon to be hugely popular delicacy. There side dishes are also amazing, which include Mashed Potatoes with Pigs Feet, Various Salads with Pigs Feet, Pigs Feet Wings, Pigs Feet Potato Skins, Pigs Feet Pork Dip, etc. They usually have the "3 Little Pigs" dressed up in cute little outfits at their Grand Openings and the kids absolutely love it. I am from Canada and we would always attend the Lou Brothers restaurant openings if they were close enough to drive to, heck, I would even take the kids out of school on those days and make it a day trip. I am happy to see that Severna Park is opening it's arms and mouths to a more diverse type restaurant and giving us more choices. I get my USA citizenship soon and will hopefully get the opportunity of opening my very own Lou Brothers restaurant . The American dream for me and my family!
Leslie Hunt December 05, 2011 at 04:28 PM
Thanks for the entertaining post Wally. The verdict isn't in yet on who will be occupying the former KFC location.
Preacher December 05, 2011 at 04:54 PM
Wally, I am also from Canada and just read your posting about Lou Brothers. If this is true, I am very excited about this restaurant coming to our neighborhood. It is "home cooking" at it's very best and is Canadian "Comfort Food". Our family would always go to Lou Brothers for Christmas and I am hoping that the Severna Park location will be open by then so we can keep our family tradition going! Although it seems unlikely that this will happen since Christmas is right around the corner. Can't wait to tell my kids when they get home from school today, they will be very excited and it will bring some familiarity to our recently re-rooted family and they can show their friends the Canadian way of eating.
Mike December 13, 2011 at 05:02 PM
Something tells me this guy was being a bit too optimistic when he thought he had a strong candidate for the lease.
Julie-Ann A. MacDonald December 23, 2011 at 01:05 PM
Do we know yet?
P. D. Lyons January 02, 2012 at 01:14 AM
It is becoming restaurant row and I do not see that they will all survive. We really do not need to draw any more traffic into this strip.
Cate January 04, 2012 at 07:13 PM
I want a chic fil a. I hope it is that this because Severna Park needs one. :)
tricia l January 04, 2012 at 08:21 PM
I am hoping for a Chick-Fil-A!
Mike January 23, 2012 at 04:35 PM
That building's just wasting space at this point.
Amy Leahy January 24, 2012 at 03:02 AM
You're kidding, right?
Chrissy Longley O'Dea January 26, 2012 at 07:51 PM
we need a sonic pleaseeeeeeeeeeeee
Regina Cornelius January 26, 2012 at 08:26 PM
I predict a Noodles & Company...
Lindsey M January 26, 2012 at 08:33 PM
Cosi?
Kim Kirby-Triola January 26, 2012 at 09:25 PM
Bob Evans?
katie bartel January 26, 2012 at 11:24 PM
Please let it be chick fil a!!!!
Bill Romansky January 27, 2012 at 03:49 AM
I heard the talks are in reference to opening a SONIC
Nancy Stracke January 27, 2012 at 06:20 AM
Is it Panera Bread?
Julie-Ann A. MacDonald January 27, 2012 at 02:02 PM
A Buffalo Wild Wings could be fun
Dawn January 27, 2012 at 02:41 PM
Baja Fresh?
Vanessa Cranford January 28, 2012 at 01:45 PM
Potbelly?
Vanessa Cranford January 28, 2012 at 01:45 PM
Jimmy John's?
Nicole Lynn January 31, 2012 at 06:35 AM
anything yet??? keep us posted please im hoping sonic
Mike February 02, 2012 at 09:04 PM
Burger King.
CC February 10, 2012 at 10:16 PM
Update?
Leslie Hunt February 10, 2012 at 10:19 PM
Hello CC, as of Jan. 26, per the update, we'll have to wait awhile longer as the contract hasn't been signed yet. We can hope for possibly sometime in March, but it could be April. I'll update when we get the word, I know everyone is waiting for this news.
Mike March 22, 2012 at 01:30 PM
Still where we left off I assume? I'm sure Leslie will let us know when she finds out.
Leslie Hunt March 22, 2012 at 02:43 PM
Mike- You missed the recent news! So, here's your last chance to guess..http://severnapark.patch.com/articles/kfc-gone-chick-fil-a-coming-to-severna-park-3-16-2012
Mike March 22, 2012 at 08:17 PM
Ah, so all signs point to the fact that it will be a chic-fil-a.

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