As was first announced late last month, Chick-fil-A will open its first location in the Pacific Northwest — in Bellevue, Wash. — in the Spring of 2015. It will be the first of 20 new locations the chicken-slinging chain plans to open in Washington and Oregon by 2020. These are the first new locations in the are since a branch Bellingham, Wash. shuttered in mid-2011.
According to Blake Goodman, who works as a real estate director for Chick-fil-A, the expansion is "a dream come true," for the chain, who has had its eyes on the Pacific Northwest for years. The Bellevue location has been in the works since at least 2009. Two other locations are confirmed — for Lynnwood and Tacoma, Wash. — to open by next Summer.
Chick-fil-A has become better known for the religious-tinged right-wing politics of its executives than for its chicken sandwiches since the media shitstorm of 2012. That's when its COO responded, "Well, guilty as charged," to a question about the company's stance against marriage equality. Despite a tremendous amount of backlash, Chick-fil-A appears to be growing again at a steady clip.