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FARMINGTON – The developer of the Dick’s Sporting Goods store and the Chick-fil-A restaurant currently under construction in the Farmington Pavilion is planning for two new businesses in the business complex.

Josh Skarsgard, owner of Skarsgard Development, said on Wednesday a Five Guys Burgers and Fries restaurant and a Sleep Number mattress store will be tenants in a new building being constructed near the Chick-fil-A restaurant and the Dick’s Sporting Goods store at 5050 E. Main St.

The Five Guys Burgers and Fries restaurant and the Sleep Number mattress store are scheduled to open in July, according to Skarsgard.

The Chick-fil-A restaurant is scheduled to open in late August or early September but that date could change depending on construction, according to Callie Bowers, a spokeswoman for the firm representing Chick-fil-A.

Skarsgard described the area around Animas Valley Mall on East Main Street as a “hot retail trade corridor,” and said the success of new restaurants like the Freddy's Frozen Custard and Steakburgers location on East Main Street has led to interest among national retail and restaurant businesses to develop new locations here.

“It’s the demographics. You have pent-up demand for restaurants and retail on East Main (Street) for the past five, six years,” Skarsgard said.

He said Farmington serves as a central shopping district for six to seven regional communities, including Durango, Colo., and for residents from the Navajo Nation.

In the press release issued by CP Communications Inc. for Chick-fil-A, the new local location will create about 80 full-time and part-time jobs.

There are 10 Chick-fil-A locations statewide with eight in Albuquerque and two in Las Cruces.

According to Bowers, the most recent Chick-fil-A locations that opened in New Mexico were three locations in Albuquerque that opened within an eight-day period in December.

The Chick-fil-A restaurant in Farmington is one of 88 new locations the company plans to open this year, the press release states.

When the grand opening of the Chick-fil-A restaurant is announced, the company will give away a one-year supply of 52 weekly meals to the first 100 adults in line on opening day, according to the press release.

Skarsgard Development also owns the land where the Del Taco restaurant was constructed in front of the Lowe's Home Improvement store near the intersection of East Main Street and Piñon Hills Boulevard.

The company also purchased two acres of land just east of the Ashley Furniture Store at 5200 E. Main St. and is in talks with three potential businesses to open on the site.

Skarsgard said he could not comment on what businesses may occupy the space due to confidentiality agreements.

Joshua Kellogg covers education for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4627.

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