Chick-fil-A grand opening causing traffic backups in Gaines Twp.

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GAINES TOWNSHIP, Mich. – Thursday was the opening of West Michigan’s first Chick-fil-A restaurant, and judging by the traffic congestion in the area, it seems to have been a success.

The Chick-fil-A Grand Rapids South posted drone video Thursday night on Facebook with a thank you message for Grand Rapids.  Earlier daylight video shows traffic backed up onto the ramp from M-6.

One commenter on the daylight video said that it took her 20 minutes to get from the M-6 ramp to the traffic light and to “Stay out of the area unless you like Black Friday on crack!!”

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  • Unethical Chick-Fil-A

    It’s really bad when a company is PROUD of disrupting local traffic patterns and inconveniencing local residents in the community. This isn’t just Grand Rapids, but at almost every location. What is worse, is that neighboring businesses suffer losses and damages from the traffic overrun which causes problems with their business operations. How do I know? I have one next door for 4 years whose customers violate criminal state laws every single day–except Sunday when the place is closed.

    This is the business model as none of these locations are built with sufficient parking or traffic studies to support their customer base. And the customers are happy as clams to trample on anyone else’s property or other rights in order to get what they want. The restaurants are all too happy to continue this because why pay an extra $10k/mo in a mortgage for parking that your customers will just steal from others for you? Unethical, a detriment to the community, and unremorseful–that is the company and how they operate.

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