New Chick-fil-A restaurant planned for Lynnwood

MyNNNBy David Pan/Lynnwood Today editor

Chick-fil-A, a national fast food chicken restaurant chain, is headed to Lynnwood.

The company filed project design and environmental reviews with the city of Lynnwood earlier this year. The environmental review was completed this month and finalized this week.

The environmental review examined the proposed project, which is located on the south side of 196th St. SW., east of Poplar Way and north and west of Alderwood Mall Parkway, to determine any probable adverse environmental impacts. The proposed restaurant is near Lowe’s.

Chick-fil-A submitted an initial project design review that the city has looked at and returned with some comments related to the Lynnwood Citywide Design Guidelines, according to Lynnwood associate planner Thaniel Gouk. Chick-fil-A is expected to address the city’s comments and resubmit the project design review.

The Community Development Department Director then would then make a decision on the application. If approved, then Chick-fil-A would be able to apply for a building permit.

The proposed restaurant would include a 4,530 square food restaurant with drive-through and 47 parking stalls on a lot of approximately 40,802 square feet.

The chain currently has no restaurants in Washington State. Chick-fil-A is the second largest quick service chicken restaurant chain in the United States with more than 1,700 units in 39 states.

The company has become embroiled in the same sex marriage controversy when President and Chief Operating Officer Dan T. Cathy made public statements supporting traditional marriage and opposing same sex marriage. Cathy recently made a personal tweet upon the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on the Defense of Marriage Act, which he subsequently deleted.

The company said in a press release that “Dan recognizes his views do not necessarily represent the views of all Chick-fil-A customers, restaurant owners and employees, so he removed the tweet to eliminate any confusion.

At Chick-fil-A, we are focused on providing great-tasting food and genuine hospitality to everyone.”

In an email, Chick-fil-A public relations confirmed that the company is planning a restaurant in Lynnwood. The project is a few years away, according to Brenda D. Morrow.

Morrow wrote that “we are looking forward to serving the residents of (Lynnwood) with great food and great service.”




    1. 2nd largest fast food chicken restaurant in the nation with over 1700 stores and growing fast. Glad you’ll be missing out on good food Sean. They will do fine, because most people in Washington are very tolerant of people with odd beliefs

  1. Can’t wait.. if we learned anything since their announcement against ssm, their profits went through the roof, they have great customer service and amazing food. #can’twait.

  2. Not everyone shares the views of Chick-fil-A’s Dan Cathy. Don’t be afraid to visit Lynnwood–there are many good restaurants to choose from! “Vote” with your dollars and support whichever businesses you’d like to see succeed. I personally like to buy from those that are locally owned and operated.

  3. Chick-fil-A rocks! Their food is amazing. Whenever I get somewhere with their restaurant, we have to go multiple times. I am so excited about a Lynnwood location. It will be the closest to me and we will probably be there at least once a week. Thank you Lynnwood for having this wonderful restaurant in your city. Look for us to be there lots!

  4. Although I don’t agree with Dan Cathy’s stand on ssm, the Cathy family is remarkable for their support of many charitable organizations. Chick Fil A does a great job of serving their product, local communities, and their employees. I am sure I have not followed all of the ssm controversy as carefully as others, but the concept of promoting hatred is completely contrary to Chick Fil A’s reputation in the south. I am happy to see them come to Lynnwood.

  5. Love, love Chic-fil-A! We cannot wait wait for them to open in Lynnwood! The food & service are both fantastic. Hurry & get here!

  6. Chick fil A, sources many of its food products locally. Franz, bread, Washington and Idaho potates etc.

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