Tip for entering Raleigh Costco avoiding Chick-fil-A

A new Chick-Fil-A is coming to Six Forks Road, across from Costco.

A new Chick-Fil-A is coming to Six Forks Road, across from Costco.


Why did the chicken cross Six Forks Road? Probably to get away from all the upcoming fast food traffic.

A new Chick-fil-A is coming to Raleigh, and while the opening of one of the most popular fast-food chains is a good thing for fans of fried chicken sandwiches, the location of this one could pose logistical challenges.

The new Chick-fil-A, currently under construction, will be located on East Six Forks Road, nestled around the corner from a developing mall behind popular brunch spot, First Watch.

This puts it right in front of Costco’s main entrance.

Chick-fil-A traffic is notorious for overflowing the parking lot (see: Lake Boone Trail), to the point that in some places restaurant workers had to turn into crossing guards.

With heavy daily traffic in and out of Costco (not to mention Chick-fil-A opening weekend, whenever that turns out to be), things could get tricky.

So what’s the easiest way to maneuver between the two stops on a busy day? We have you.

How to get to Costco by avoiding Six Forks

Depending on the time of day, the line to get gas at Costco might return to Six Forks as soon as you leave Wake Forest Road.

Soon the Chick-fil-A line could rival the gas line.

What’s the best way to get to Costco when Six Forks is busy on both sides?

Try sneaking in from behind.


industrial training, which runs behind Costco and through Six Forks is your best bet. Drivers can access Industrial Wake Forest Road by taking Creekside Drive and turning left. This will cause drivers behind Costco to avoid Six Forks altogether.

It’s also the smart way to leave Costco on a busy day. Of course, depending on where you park, you’ll have to avoid shopping carts, walkers (not “The Walking Dead” or “Game of Thrones” type) and drivers backing out of parking spots.

But this route is 10 times better than trying to get out of the Costco parking lot on Six Forks. Chances are that once Chick-fil-A opens, drivers will sit there for a while, especially if they try to turn left onto Six Forks.

Bonus Tip: The best part about the industrial route is that in addition to avoiding the Six Forks traffic, you can also take Industrial to sneak around the back of Wegmans and Trader Joe’s mall.

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This story was originally published September 16, 2022 1:50 p.m.

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Sportswriter Jonas Pope IV has covered college recruiting, high school sports, NC Central, NC State and the ACC for The Herald-Sun and The News & Observer.

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