Chick-fil-A is getting closer.
The Atlanta-based fast-food chicken chain has submitted a request for a special use permit and rezoning approval to operate a restaurant in Greece, just outside of Rochester.
It would mean two things for Chick-fil-A fanatics: They can shave about 15 miles off their Chick-fil-A pilgrimage to Erie, Pa., and the restaurant will likely settle here soon. Once the restaurant in Greece is built, it will be the closest location to Buffalo.
The Greece Town Board establishes a public hearing to consider the request submitted by Chick-fil-A to operate a restaurant on West Ridge Rd
— Town of Greece (@GreeceTown) December 20, 2016
The company also appears to be opening a store outside of Albany in Halfmoon, according to a developer who put a proposal before his town's planning board in October.
Locations in Albany and Greece bring Buffalo that much closer to having a Chick-fil-A of its own. Chains often open new locations in geographic order to establish new markets and build a supply chain.
In New York, the restaurant has just a handful of locations in New York City and has been looking at properties in Buffalo for the past year, the company has said. It has also been looking in Albany and Syracuse. Chick-fil-A has more than 2,000 restaurants in 46 states. The company's sales exceeded $6 billion in 2015.