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Chicken fast-food chain plans location

September 29, 2016
| By Pat Evans |
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Chicken fast-food chain enters market
Chick-fil-A, founded in 1967, serves more than 2,200 locations in the U.S. Photo via

A chicken fast-food chain is planning a location along a major retail corridor in town.

Chick-fil-A is seeking approval for a drive-thru from the Grand Rapids Planning Commission for a location at the site of the former Fajita Republic, at 2183 E. Beltline Ave. NE. 

A new 4,647-square-foot building would be constructed with a dual drive-thru.

“Chick-fil-A takes pride in their aesthetics, landscape maintenance and cleanliness, both inside and outside the restaurant,” the application says.

Grand Rapids-based architectural firm Progressive AE is listed as the agent, and Kent Ward is the property owner. The applicant is Chick-fil-A representative Jason Hill.

The East Beltline location would employ 60-70 people.

Each Chick-fil-A restaurant is owned and operated by a local franchisee, and the chain has never had to close a free-standing restaurant because of poor performance, the application says.


Founded in 1964, family owned Chick-fil-A has more than 2,000 locations in 42 states.

The company said in May it plans on opening 15-20 locations in Michigan in the next five years.

Currently, there are two Chick-fil-A locations in Michigan, one at Detroit Metropolitan Airport and one in Rochester.

A 4,877-square-foot location is under construction in Gaines Township, at 1545 Edgeknoll Dr. SE, and a Chick-fil-A is under construction in Lansing.

The chain is also planning to open a location this fall at a mall in metro Detroit.

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