Chickie's & Pete's to open at former Champps in Marlton

The bar at the Chickie's & Pete's at 1526 Packer Ave. in South Philadelphia.

Chickie's & Pete's has won the battle for the shuttered Champps site in Marlton Crossing shopping center.

This morning, owner Pete Ciarrocchi said he and Evesham Township Mayor Randy Brown would announce Wednesday that a branch of Chickie's & Pete's — which grew out of his family bar on Robbins Avenue in Northeast Philadelphia — would open in September or October.

The rumors of a Chickie's & Pete's takeover began the day last summer that Champps closed after 21 years. Champps was a victim of circumstances; it suffered under bankruptcy-related moves by its parent company, which at the time also operated the sports-bar brand Fox & Hound. 

Other sports-bar chains, including Miller's Ale House and P.J. Whelihan's, had considered the location, on Route 73.

Chickie's & Pete's, known both among the eating and legal communities for its trademark Crab Fries, opened a location on Jan. 23 at Rowan University in Glassboro.