Chick-fil-A has finally confirmed what everyone already expected: The chain will expand into the Buffalo area.
"After searching for the perfect locations for years and hearing how eager our fans are to have us as part of their communities, we’re excited to announce that we will open our first restaurants in the Buffalo, Plattsburgh, Rochester and Syracuse areas in 2018/2019," the company said in a statement Monday.
The company said it didn't have details to share. But The Buffalo News reported last month that a real estate source said the first Chick-fil-A would open at 1753 Walden Ave. in Cheektowaga, formerly home to a Famous Dave's barbecue restaurant, possibly as early as September. A second site will reportedly be on Transit Road near Maple Road in Amherst. And the Georgia-based company has also been scouting locations near the Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls.
In a summary about its operations, Chick-fil-A said its franchise owners/operators "live and work in the community in which their restaurants serve and are highly involved in the day-to-day operations, as most only oversee one location."