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Chick-fil-A Feedback: Readers Weigh In About Proposed New Restaurant in Maple Grove

The recent plan approval for a new Chick-fil-A restaurant in Maple Grove brought in more than 50 comments from users on Patch – for and against the new business.

Less than a month ago, the Maple Grove City Council at its regular meeting.

The news of the potential new business in the city brought mixed reactions from Maple Grove Patch readers. Comments of support and excitement were expressed, such as:

  • Kayla Dean- "Chick-fil-A is the best southern fast food chain to ever exist. The UofM Coffman has a small location with a limited menu and food that's always luke-warm and overpriced. This is heaven-sent!"
  • Carly Monson - "A lot of people in Maple Grove will be very excited to have a Chick-fil-A, including me!"

Other readers opposed Chick-fil-A, citing recent comments by President Dan Cathy opposing gay marriage and the resulting Chick-fil-A response as reported by the media.

Several Patch readers responded:

  • Chad - "It's too bad they have such a terrible, discriminatory ethical policy toward gay people. I'd like to support them, since they're building a location in our community, but I can't support a company with such hateful policies."
  • Tami - “….I myself never have had eaten at this restaurant franchise, nor will I ever for 2 reasons, first, we have enough junk food/fast food places here in Maple Grove, we don't need one more, second, they are against my right to marry whom ever I want, I have a right to not grace them with any $$ from my pocket….”

Other readers urged the debate to cease:

  • Lee - "I sure wish we didn't have to drag politics in absolutely everything. You know what's also hateful? Hating everything and everyone that doesn't agree with you. Lighten up."

Around the country, Wednesday was considered appreciation day for Chick-fil-A  supporters, according to a Pioneer Press article which said opponents of the company’s position are planning a “Kiss Mor Chiks” for Friday when they are “encouraging people of the same sex to show up at Chick-fil-A restaurants around the country and kiss each other.”

What do you think about Chick-fil-A opening in Maple Grove? Will actions happening around the country and/or by Chick-fil-A owners shape your view on Chick-fil-A opening in Maple Grove? Share your thoughts in comments.

If you read this, you might also be interested in reading this opinion piece on Richfield Patch:

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jan schubert August 06, 2012 at 08:04 PM
OK--iif Chic fila is turned down to do business in Maple Grove then it is only fair that the council should be asking every business in Maple Grove their beliefs. Then not renewing any business licenses. Ohhhhhh my---so many buisnesses will be shut down. Rwmwmber--we live in a democracy and a capitlistic society!
Dewey Crosby August 06, 2012 at 09:38 PM
great comment Jan,, but... there will be someone who won't agree with you and will respond with a hateful comment... can hardly wait to see who it will be!!
Robert Gerhart September 12, 2012 at 04:27 PM
>>hey have such a terrible, discriminatory ethical policy Could you please provide a copy of this section of their company policy?
Chad September 12, 2012 at 04:42 PM
Robert, you do realize this article is over a month old, correct? Second, anyone with a hint of common sense would realize that a "terrible, discriminatory ethical policy" does not need to be written on paper. It's very clear to many reasonable people out there, that the CEO of Chick-Fil-A believes that gays and lesbians should be treated as second-class citizens, and no doubt imbues those values to its franchisees. In other words, use your brain and stop nitpicking semantics.
Joey Stone December 10, 2012 at 10:53 AM
So you seem to be more worried about the privileges that are given to married people not rights. How do you justify adding yourself to the class of the privileged and removing another persons rights in that process? I dont see you worried about the rights of single people who do not get the tax breaks that married people get? What justifies taking another persons rights in order to add you to those privileged. If the whole argument is based simply on adding yourself to the privileged then you really are no better than the religious right wing conservatives who you claim are taking your "rights." what about my rights? those dont matter sadly to you because your willing to ask the same government that stops you from marrying to take away my rights in order to benefit you.

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