A Chick-fil-A might be coming to Halfmoon! The fast food chicken restaurant would be part of a new retail complex right on the Halfmoon/Clifton Park town lines. Although sources indicate the restaurant would be well received, some key elements need to be in place before plans can be finalized.
Plans for Chick-fil-A and Retail Space
Developer Scott Earl has proposed a 60,250-square-foot retail complex at the intersection of Route 146 and Old Route 146/Lawrence Circle in Halfmoon. Two tenants he plans to bring in are Chick-fil-A and Fresh Market.
The Chick-fil-A would occupy 4,200 square feet, and the Fresh Market would be 21,000; the other tenants have not yet been determined.
If the project moves forward, it would require site plan approval, a special use permit, at least one zoning variance, the rebuilding of part of Lawrence Circle, and Route 146 would need to be widened. Construction is intended to begin in the spring.
The “Lawrence Circle Commercial Development” was reviewed by the town planning board earlier this month, but the plan still has several months to go before an official approval.
Furthermore, Chick-fil-A still needs to officially get on board.
Will Chick-fil-A Make a Home in the Capital Region?
“While we hope to serve communities in the Albany area in the future, we do not currently have any locations to confirm,” company spokesman Bob Entsinger told The Daily Gazette.
Earlier this year, Chick-fil-A issued virtually the exact same statement regarding the Buffalo area: “While we hope to serve the Buffalo community in the future, we do not currently have any locations to confirm,” spokeswoman Brenda Morrow said, reports Buffalo News; there is still no Chick-fil-A in Buffalo.
Currently, there are no Chick-fil-A branches in Upstate New York at all – there are four in New York City, which are the only ones in the state. The branches closest to the Capital Region are in Chicopee, Massachusetts and Enfield, Connecticut.
Chick-fil-A has proven itself to be a highly successful fast food restaurant that would almost certainly prosper in the Capital Region.
It is currently the top-rated fast food restaurant for customer satisfaction, according to the most recent report from the American Customer Satisfaction Index. Last year, Chick-fil-A generated more revenue per restaurant than any other fast food chain in the US.
A poll was conducted last year by the Times Union that indicated 73% of more than 2,700 participants would frequent a Chick-fil-A if there was one available locally; there is also a Facebook page, that has been around since 2012, dedicated to bringing a Chick-fil-A to the region.
Chick-fil-A is best known for its chicken breast filet sandwiches and its amusing ads depicting cows holding up a misspelled sign saying, “Eat Mor Chikin.”
If Chick-fil-A came to Halfmoon, would you eat at the restaurant?
In the meantime, check out all the other dining options the Clifton Park area has to offer.