Grand Rapids Chick-fil-A unanimously denied over drive-thru window

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Plans fell through for a Chick-fil-A on East Beltline after the Grand Rapids Planning Commission rejected it over its drive-thru window.

The commission voted unanimously Thursday to deny the proposal because of the drive-thru, saying that they worried the fast food restaurant would run counter to the “village” aesthetic they’ve been establishing for the area.

The restaurant was planned to replace the former Fajita Republic near Celebration Cinema North. The application said it expected the business to employ up to 70 part- and full-time workers.

City Planning Director Suzanne Schulz says the goal of that part of East Beltline is for people to be able to park their cars and walk around the shops. She added that commissioners didn’t want the presence of a drive-thru to encourage other fast food places from entering the area.

In Gaines Township, construction is underway for another Chick-fil-A restaurant, which is expected to open early 2017.

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  • ateve

    Lame excuse. I’m guessing that the decision was a result of pressure on the city from other eating establishments in the area. Chick-fil-A makes a better sandwich than anyone else in the nearby area. Simply killing competition before it gets started.

  • Mi hater

    Morons. Everyone hates Mi anyway-
    Chik-fil-A, Close up shop, count your mistakes as blessings because West mi is filled with liars, hypocrites, and losers! Hard to do business with these difficult cunz- Drive thru’s are normal, these slutwhores are not!
    Why do business in a state who loves failure?

  • Andy K

    “What about Wendy’s? Drive-thru.”

    Other side of Knapp St.. Chick-Fil-A was trying to latch on to pedestrians coming out of the Celebration Cinema. There are no drive-thrus in the development north of Knapp.

  • Dan Smith

    I lived in a small quaint town in Virginia and their commissioners decided to nix a Walmart way out of the way of town. Walmart smiled and opened one right over the border in the next town over. The sales taxes went to the new small town and when the commissioners realized that begged Walmart to open – Walmart said “no thanks”. Be careful what excuse you are peddling folks, a business like Chic-fil-A will get their way and screw you in the process. :)

    • steve thomas

      Chicago once gave Walmart a bunch of restrictions and taxes in consideration of building a new store. Walmart told them no and literally built the new store right across the street in another city or township which gave them short term tax breaks and fewer restrictions and everybody was happy, except the city of Chicago.

  • WildNforce

    Glad to hear. That place wants has no business in GR. It stands against what any person with a decent set of morals has. Now I have to deal with two more near my stomping grounds.

    • Mac Woods

      Chris, I think that you should handle your expenses exactly like your neighbors. Since all of you live in the same area, your expenses must all be exactly the same. All of you most likely buy the same brand liquor, go on the same vacations, dine at the same restaurants and drive the same cars. Therefore, your expenses, (since you’re all essentially equal socio-economically speaking) must also be essentially equal. In fact, you probably DO manage your income & expenses just like your neighbors. Clearly, it is a topic which you and your neighbors frequently discuss in detail.

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