LYNNWOOD — More chicken is on the way to Snohomish County.
Chick-Fil-A restaurants are coming to Marysville and Lynnwood, bringing the county total to four. Nationally, the chicken franchise is known as one of the most difficult restaurants to open. The company’s chain application acceptance rate is less than 1%, according to multiple reports.
The Marysville location, just off the 88th Street exit of I-5, is under construction. The frame of the building is complete but no opening date has been set, city spokeswoman Connie Mennie said.
“For like six months, it’s been ‘When is Chick-Fil-A going to open?’” she said.
The company’s website lists the Marysville location as “coming soon.”
When the day comes, the city’s police and public works departments are preparing to mitigate expected traffic overloads surrounding the restaurant.
“We experienced that when the Sonic Drive-In opened here also,” Mennie said.
When Lynnwood got its first Chick-Fil-A, on 196th Street, in 2015, more than 100 people camped outside the restaurant waiting for the doors to open.
The scene was the same in Bothell in 2017, when the county’s second chain opened.
That’s because the company treats each branch’s first 100 customers with a free meal each week for a year.
Lynnwood’s second location is in early permitting and review stages with no timeline for when it may open, city spokeswoman Julie Moore said.
The chicken restaurant will take the place of a 76 gas station on Highway 99, 2½ miles away from the city’s first Chick-Fil-A.
The convenience store will close June 23 and be torn down during construction.