Real Estate Reporter- Silicon Valley Business Journal
Good news for devotees of Chick-fil-A: the chain known for its peanut oil-fried chicken is apparently seeking a new store in Fremont.
Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A has filed a proposal with the city of Fremont to develop a 4,526-square-foot store at 5539 Auto Mall Parkway, according to the city’s current planning commission agenda.
If approved, this would actually be the city’s second Chick-fil-A. A new store is currently under construction at 5245 Mowry Ave., on a site that used to be a Burger King.
Two years ago, the Georgia-based fast food chain entered the Bay Are with its first stores just as the CEO was under fire for anti-gay comments he made and stood by.
Even San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee joined the growing number of angry San Franciscans at the time by speaking out against the company. Lee tweeted that he was “very disappointed” in the company for not sharing San Francisco’s values and commitment to equality. He added that the closest Chick-fil-A branch is 40 miles away and he “strongly recommended that they not try to come any closer.”
Chick-fil-A has been in expansion mode in the Bay Area but the stores, which have a devoted following, are still not common here. There are two stores open stores in San Jose and one in Sunnyvale. There are none between Silicon Valley’s largest city and Concord. In all, there are nine open stores within a 100-mile radius of San Jose.
The site Chick-fil-A is looking at is a vacant parcel near the site where a 102-room Staybridge Suites was approved several years ago. However, that hotel project never happened and the approvals would be rescinded in conjunction with the go-ahead for the Chick-fil-A, according to a city staff report.
Nathan Donato-Weinstein covers commercial real estate and transportation for the Silicon Valley Business Journal.