Starting on September 1, controversial fast food joint Chik-fil-A will open its first outer borough location. The store, the third to open in New York City so far, will be located in the Queens Center mall in Elmhurst and will fill the 1000 square foot food court space that previously housed Nathan’s Famous and Taco Bell.
Manhattan has already experienced the chain’s invasion earlier this year when two stores were opened just eight blocks apart. These openings are all part of Chik-fil-A’s plan to take over the city, as more than a dozen more stores are set to open in 2017.
As they do with all their stores, Chik-fil-A will be offering a year’s worth of their famous chicken sandwiches to 100 people in the line up for the opening at Queens Center. Though it is marketed as the first 100 in line, the prize is actually chosen by lottery from the first 300. Thankfully, anyone who decides to wait for hours before the opening will be shielded from the elements by the mall’s parking garage.
Despite the fast food chain’s big plans, New Yorkers as a whole are not giving them a warm welcome. The company’s unhealthy food options and terrible political views do not seem to fit in with the New York lifestyle and attitude. Even Mayor Bill de Blasio has encouraged people to steer clear, saying flat out that citizens should “not patronize” the stores. Similarly, Councilman Danny Dromm has gone so far as to encourage people to protest the opening of the Queens location, as it is in his district. The store opening is sure to be an interesting and news worthy event.
Chick-fil-A is a popular chain restaurant. Its locations have been sprouting up all across the country and becoming more prevalent. This is because of how popular the locations that are open have been received. Chick-fil-A serves a variety of chicken entrees such as nuggets, sandwiches, strips, and more. They also have waffle fries, shakes, salads, and other sides. They are simple yet many people find them delicious and go out of their way to frequent these locations. There are some states that still don’t have a Chick-fil-A restaurant but the company is working to change that. It seems they have their eyes currently set on New York.
According to GrubStreet, Chick-fil-A will open their third location in just two weeks. They really are wasting no time in ensuring that all New Yorkers will have access to this fast food joint. Two locations are already just a few blocks away from each other in Manhattan. The next one will end up being in Elmhurst.
These Chick-fil-A restaurants aren’t all being well received. Some people do not like the crowds of people that come with them. New Chick-fil-A restaurants are notorious for drawing large crowds. This is because they offer deals to get new customers. They are notorious for offering the first 100 people in line, free chicken sandwiches for a year. People camp out for a long time to be one of the first! The new location in Elmhurst is sure to draw a large crowd like no other. That’s because this location is located in a mall and therefore people won’t have to worry about the elements when camping out. This is sure to bring more people than before.
This could be the start of a Chick-fil-A trend and even more may be popping up around New York! It all will depend on the success of these ones that are already opened. Even though they’ve faced some opposition, the mayor has warned people not to patronize the establishments, they’ve also received some warm welcomes. People are generally excited to see new restaurants pop up in New York. New Yorkers do love their options and they are sure to love how quick, easy, and tasty these Chick-fil-A restaurants. Those who win the free sandwiches for a year are sure to love it even more.