Chick-fil-A eyes Wash., perhaps first Lynnwood

LYNNWOOD — Washington is an expansion target for Chick-fil-A, the Atlanta-based national fast-food chain, and Lynnwood could be the site of the restaurant’s first location in the state.

In March, company officials submitted a project design for review by city officials. Proposed is a 4,530-square-foot store with nearly 50 parking stalls next to Lowe’s between 196th Street SW and Alderwood Mall Parkway, east of Poplar Way.

Earlier this month, the city planning department replied to the company’s proposal, suggesting changes to the design, said associate city planner Thaniel Gouk. After the city issues a positive review of the design, the company is free to submit a building permit application, he said.

Everything is still in the early stages, said company spokeswoman Brenda Morrow. A Chick-fil-A chicken sandwich store opening in Lynnwood is at least a couple years out.

“There’s no deal yet, but we very much want to grow there in the Seattle area with several new stores,” Morrow said. “Washington state has a lot to offer. It’s definitely a place where Chick-fil-A could build community and have a charitable presence.”

Last summer, Chick-fil-A patrons crowded into restaurants in 38 states and the District of Columbia to show their support for company president Dan Cathy, who has been outspoken in his opposition to same-sex marriage.

The Chick-fil-A website notes that about a dozen new stores are set to open in August and September in other parts of the U.S., primarily in the South and Midwest. The closest is in Santa Rosa, Calif.

“Washington is one of our growth states,” Morrow said. “And we’re excited about it.”

Gale Fiege: 425-339-3427; gfiege@heraldnet.com.

More in Herald Business Journal

Delta’s farewell tour for the Boeing 747 stops in Everett

It is the last domestic airline to retire the iconic plane. Boeing and Delta employees autographed it.

Sign of the future: Snohomish business aims to reshape industry

Manifest Signs owner thinks that smart signs is an unexplored and untapped part of his industry.

Boeing says Bombardier dumping puts 737 planes in jeopardy

“If you don’t level the playing field now, it will be too late.”

Snohomish County’s campaign to land the 797 takes off

Executive Dave Somers announced the formation of a task force to urge Boeing to build the plane here.

A decade after the recession, pain and fear linger

No matter how good things are now, it’s impossible to forget how the collapse affected people.

Panel: Motorcycle industry in deep trouble and needs help

They have failed to increase sales by making new riders out of women, minorities and millennials.

Costco rises as results display big-box retailer’s resiliency

Their model has worked in the face of heightened competition from online, brick-and-mortar peers.

China’s Huawei to expand in US smartphone market next year

Officials expressed confidence the smartphone business wouldn’t be affected by security concerns.

Group sees ‘18 tax cuts across all incomes, biggest for rich

The nonpartisan group released its figures a day before the House is expected to approve the tax bill.

Most Read