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Chick-fil-A could be growing in New York ... or not

Chick-fil-A appears to be considering a new location near Albany. A developer in nearby Halfmoon brought a proposal before the town’s Planning Board last week which included plans for a 4,000-square-foot Chick-fil-A restaurant as part of a larger retail complex.

But it’s not a done deal just yet.

The Georgia-based fast-food chicken chain said it is always evaluating potential new restaurants, but it declined to say whether the Halfmoon location in question was one of them.

“While we hope to serve communities in the Albany area in the future, we do not currently have any locations to confirm,” said Rob Entsminger, a spokesman for the chain.

It’s not uncommon for developers to include potential tenants in their plans, even if a tenant has not yet signed a lease or has only expressed interest. It’s also common for companies to hold back on announcing new locations until after all contracts are signed.

When Chick-fil-A was rumored to be looking at locations in Buffalo during the past year, the company gave a similar statement.

“While we hope to serve the Buffalo community in the future, we do not currently have any locations to confirm,” said Brenda Morrow, a spokeswoman.

Fans seized on the first half of the sentence, holding out hope that the announcement of a Chick-fil-A in Buffalo would be forthcoming. As of this week, the company said there is no update on any potential expansion here.

If the location in Halfmoon opens, it would bring Buffalo one step closer to a Chick-fil-A of its own. Chains often open new locations in geographic order to establish new markets and build a supply chain.

Chick-fil-A has five locations in New York State, all of them in the New York City area. Its closest location is in Erie, Pa.

email: schristmann@buffnews.com

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