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

Teddy, an English bulldog, models Zentek Clothing’s heat regulating dog jacket. (Ian Terry / The Herald)
Everett clothing company keeps your dog cool and stylish

Zentek uses space-age fabrics to moderate the temperature of pets and now humans.

Everett engineers learn lessons from Mexico City catastrophe

Structural scientists went to help after the September earthquake there and studied the damage.

Providence said to be in talks for merger with Ascension

The two Catholic health organizations have been exploring joining forces, sources say.

Hospital companies merge as insurers encroach on their turf

An anticipated deal between Providence St. Joseph Health and Ascension is only the latest.

DaVita to sell off medical groups including The Everett Clinic

Another round of health care consolidation means The Everett Clinic could soon get new ownership.

Engine trouble hits Air New Zealand’s 787 Dreamliners

A Rolls-Royce engine was shut down and was afterward found to be seriously damaged.

Washington, Amazon sue company over seller training programs

Braintree is accused of using deceptive ads promising information on how to make money on Amazon.

Lockheed-Martin dominates global arms sales, Boeing is 2nd

The combined sales of U.S.-based companies totaled $217 billion.

The Marine Corps’ version of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is designed to land vertically like a helicopter. (Lockheed Martin)
F-35 fighter costs, $1 trillion over 60 years, draw scrutiny

Pentagon’s ability to repair F-35 parts at military depots is six years behind schedule.

Most Read