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.