New Chick-fil-A restaurant heads to this Bay Area city

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Chick-fil-A, the fast-food chain best known for its spicy chicken sandwiches, is opening its latest Bay Area storefront this week.  

The newest Chick-fil-A store opens Thursday at 5815 Silver Creek Valley Place in San Jose, which will make it the fourth outpost in the city. In a press release, the chain announced that Zach Jones will be the franchise owner and operator.

“I am extremely grateful for the chance to positively impact the Silver Creek Valley area and beyond,” Jones said in a statement. “My wife and I are thrilled by the endless opportunities to care for our guests, Team Members, and the community.”

San Jose’s planning department approved an initial planned development permit in December 2020, which OK’d a 2,656-square-foot Chick-fil-A restaurant with a drive-thru. As with its planned store openings in Hawaii, Chick-Fil-A said it planned to donate $25,000 to Feeding America on behalf of the San Jose store.

Chick-fil-A is opening a new location at 5815 Silver Creek Valley Place in San Jose on Thursday. 

Courtesy of Chick-fil-A

The fast-food chain has been met with controversy over the years for its anti-LGBTQ beliefs, as well as for donating to charities with similar mindsets. Those donations were said to end in 2019, according to Business Insider. Still, Chick-fil-A owner Dan Cathy was listed among a roster of wealthy families around the country who funneled cash into an organization working to end the Equality Act just a year later, the Daily Beast reported.

The news of the forthcoming Chick-fil-A comes as fast-food chains continue to expand their Bay Area footprint. Earlier this year, Shack Shack announced plans to debut a shop inside Stonestown Galleria, while In-N-Out expects to open a store in Santa Rosa by 2023. A much-anticipated Raising Cane’s store was slated to open in Berkeley this summer, but those plans were recently scrapped as the chain said it plans to find an alternative site in the area. As for Chick-fil-A, the chain also announced plans earlier this year to open an Emeryville store, but an official opening date has yet to be announced. 



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