Divisive chicken fryer Chick-fil-A plans a new metro Detroit restaurant

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click to enlarge Divisive chicken fryer Chick-fil-A plans a new metro Detroit restaurant

Chick-fil-A is planing a new location in Allen Park.

The Detroit News reports that the chain is proposing a new restaurant that may open in 2019 or 2020. The Allen Park Panning Commission approved the plans last week, though final approval is still needed from the city’s zoning board of appeal.

If approved, the store will open on Fairlane Drive in front of the Meijer store west of Interstate 94 and north of West Outer Drive.

It would be the sixth metro Detroit location for the company, which opened a restaurant in Detroit’s Harper-Hutzel Women’s Hospital last November, as well as locations in Troy's Somerset Collection, Detroit Metropolitan Airport, and other spots.
Chick-fil-A is one of the nation’s fastest growing chains, but not everyone loves it. One of the first locations in Michigan on Eastern Michigan University's campus was met with opposition and calls for a boycott because the company has a history of donating to anti-LGBT causes.

In 2013, Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy denounced the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that struck down laws barring gay marriage, and has made other public anti-LGBT statements like “we are inviting God’s judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at him and say, ‘We know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage.’”

The chain grossed $2.6 billion in 2015 and opens between 90 and 100 restaurants a year. In total, there are 13 Chick-fil-A restaurants in Michigan and more than 2,200 nationwide.

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