Clifton Park, it looks like you're the first (not counting the airport) in the Capital Region to finally get a Chick-fil-A!

It's been talked about for YEARS and it looks like it's happening. The final plan will go in front of the town planning board in April for approval. The planned location is the former Pier 1 Imports store at 304 Clifton Park Center Rd. The building, which is currently vacant, will be torn down and a new structure will replace it.

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Things were supposed to happen much faster, but the addition of a restaurant required a traffic study be conducted by Chick-fil-A. During Covid, traffic was almost non-existent so the restaurant was forced to wait until things returned to somewhat normal traffic volume in the area. That study has been completed and the restaurant will present how it plans to handle the increased activity in that part of town.

The location is already in an extremely busy area. Right off Route 146 from Exit 9 of the Northway in close proximity to Clifton Park Center Mall, Hannaford Plaza, The Shops at Village Plaza, and not to mention several other popular restaurants like The 99 and the Olive Garden just a stone's throw away.

Assuming it gains planning board approval, which could happen as soon as April 12, construction is expected to begin this summer and take about six months until opening. To help ease traffic, there will be three drive-thru bays, indoor dining and take-out will also be available.

In August of 2021 it was reported that another Chick-fil-A was being planned for Colonie.

[Times Union]

5 Chain Restaurants Missing from the Capital Region

The Capital Region has more than it's fair share of chain restaurants. We have our McDonald's, Ihop, TGI Fridays, Applebees and Taco Bell. In fact there's been a steady increase of chains over the past decade or so with Sonic making its debut, a Chick-fil-A at the Albany International Airport, and the recently announced expansion of Popeyes.

If you need proof, just take a quick drive down Wolf Road in Colonie. Olive Garden, Cheesecake Factory, Chipotle, the 99 and just about everything else. Yet, there are some nationally popular chains that don't currently have a presence in the area.