My Vision For Vacancy: Chick-fil-A, Please Come To Richfield

The Maple Grove Planning Commission recommended planned-unit development for the restaurant and, well, I want one in Richfield, too!

Each time I hop a plane to the southern United States, as soon as I set foot into the terminal I'm looking for a Chick-fil-A restaurant.

I'm serious. It's become a tradition. The file photo for this article is an original.

So, you can imagine my surprise when I read in fellow publication, , that Chick-fil-A planned-unit development was recently recommended by the city's planning commission. Next stop, city council!

However, truth be told, two weeks ago I discovered there would be one put into the Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport.

"Oh, now I can eat some delicious waffle fries before take-off, throughout my trip and upon my return," I said to myself. "Living the dream."

Prior to that, I heard rumors of a location on the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities campus—which, of course, I investigated and found to be true!

(OK. I'm sure you're thinking I'm a little nuts. But, I prefer passionate.)

Anyway, to get to my point, I would fully support the addition of a location in Richfield. Possibly on the yet-to-be-redeveloped lot next to the Cedar Point Commons development.

Last year, . The city council was luke warm about the idea, considering Richfield is already ridden with fast food style restaurants. And while I can't argue against that point (it is a bit ridiculous to have three Dairy Queens in town), I do think a Chick-fil-A would diversify the current stock of restaurant options, be an extremely profitable, regional draw (thereby helping surrounding businesses) and also combine a little southern hospitality with Minnesota-nice.

OK. Two cents. Anyone else with me? Against me? Have another suggestion?

Annie S. July 18, 2012 at 12:52 PM
I don't care what they put in, as long as it's open 24/7 or very late at night. Oh yea, and that it's NOT another McDonalds.
Jeff July 23, 2012 at 07:56 PM
Due to the candid remarks that the president of Chik-Fil-A has made about the GLBT community last week I will NEVER eat at or support one of these restaurants in our community!
Susie August 02, 2012 at 04:17 PM
I love Chik-Fil-A food and would welcome one to Richfield. I don't care where they spend their profits. I'm much like you, Caitlin. When I travel south, I have to have one. My hubby is as passionate as you about them too. I once bought 5 original sandwiches at the Atlanta airport and brought them home for him. He was so happy!
santa August 06, 2012 at 12:16 PM
Bring in chick-fil-a.....i see they had a big day wednesday after the libs wanted to shut them down...maybe bring in 2 or 3...
Annie S. August 06, 2012 at 12:48 PM
I'm willing to bet the majority of corporations on the planet have used their name or profits to forward some agenda I don't completely agree with. I always find it amusing when the sheep unite. If we could harness all this energy for more important things - like, oh I don't know, feeding people who can't afford to be astonished that Chick-fil-a misused their proceeds, what a wonderful world this would be.


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