My Vision For Vacancy: Chick-fil-A, Please Come To Richfield
The Maple Grove Planning Commission recommended planned-unit development for the restaurant and, well, I want one in Richfield, too!
Each time I hop a plane to the southern United States, as soon as I set foot into the terminal I'm looking for a Chick-fil-A restaurant.
I'm serious. It's become a tradition. The file photo for this article is an original.
So, you can imagine my surprise when I read in fellow publication, Maple Grove Patch, that Chick-fil-A planned-unit development was recently recommended by the city's planning commission. Next stop, city council!
However, truth be told, two weeks ago I discovered there would be one put into the Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport.
"Oh, now I can eat some delicious waffle fries before take-off, throughout my trip and upon my return," I said to myself. "Living the dream."
Prior to that, I heard rumors of a location on the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities campus—which, of course, I investigated and found to be true!
(OK. I'm sure you're thinking I'm a little nuts. But, I prefer passionate.)
Anyway, to get to my point, I would fully support the addition of a location in Richfield. Possibly on the yet-to-be-redeveloped lot next to the Cedar Point Commons development.
Last year, McDonald's presented a plan to build a fancy, schmancy restaurant on the site. The city council was luke warm about the idea, considering Richfield is already ridden with fast food style restaurants. And while I can't argue against that point (it is a bit ridiculous to have three Dairy Queens in town), I do think a Chick-fil-A would diversify the current stock of restaurant options, be an extremely profitable, regional draw (thereby helping surrounding businesses) and also combine a little southern hospitality with Minnesota-nice.
OK. Two cents. Anyone else with me? Against me? Have another suggestion?