Update: City Council Approves Plans for Chick-fil-A Restaurant in Maple Grove

The request by Chick-fil-A for approval of a PUD development stage plan received Maple Grove City Council support.

Updated July 18, 2012

In a unanimous vote, the Maple Grove City Council approved the Chick-fil-A PUD Development Stage Plan at its regular meeting Monday, July 16. 

According to a Chick-fil-A representative at the meeting, the restaurant is slated to open in early 2013 with construction starting in the spring. The 4,686 square-foot restaurant at the Fountains at Arbor Lakes is proposed to have inside and outside seating, a play area as well as small patio. 

The Maple Grove location is expected to be the first stand alone Chick-fil-A restaurant in Minnesota, according to the representative. A second location is planned for Coon Rapids. 

Read the original article about the planning commission recommendation for Chick-fil-A below. 

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Original article June 2012

A request by Chick-fil-A for approval of a PUD development stage plan received unanimous support from the Maple Grove Planning Commission at its meeting Monday, June 25, 2012.

Representatives Chick-fil-A requested the PUD for “the purpose of constructing” a 4,686 square-foot restaurant in the Fountains at Arbor Lakes, according to documents presented at the planning commission meeting. The site, located adjacent to the along Elm Creek Boulevard, is currently already designated for restaurant use.

The proposed project by Chick-fil-A would consist of the construction of a free standing Chick-fil-A restaurant and drive thru on the two-acre property at the 11820 Fountains Way North location. According to documents presented to the planning commission, the proposed restaurant would sit on the western portion of the site. The drive thru area would have “a significant amount of landscaping” to assist with screening headlight “wash” from Elm Creek Boulevard. There are also 105 parking spaces proposed onsite.

Chick-fil-A representative Jason Hill told planning commission members the company was “excited about being part of your community” and anticipated a spring 2013 construction with an opening in the late summer/early fall of 2013.

The commissioners, with John McLaughlin absent, voted 4-0 to recommend the PUD development stage plan.

Following the recommendation of the Maple Grove Planning Commission June 25, the Maple Grove City Council will likely hear the request approval of the PUD development stage plan at their July 16 regular meeting.

If approved by the city council, the Maple Grove Chick-fil-A location would be the second in Minnesota. According to the Chick-fil-A website, there is currently a location in Minneapolis.

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What do you think about Chick-fil-A possibly opening in Maple Grove? Tell us in comments!

Walt Andy August 02, 2012 at 11:32 AM
Sounds like the hatred is coming from you.
Walt Andy August 02, 2012 at 11:34 AM
Can no one think for them selves? What corporate policy are you talking about? The CEO is against gay marriage. The company doesn't have a policy against serving or hiring gay people. You are all sheeple following the misleading news reports.
Walt Andy August 02, 2012 at 11:42 AM
"then the public has a right to stand for or against them, reason we call this America.....I would love to see the council of Maple Grove revoke their right to build here now since from what I see, Maple Grove has a growing gay community within it." Wow Tami, that's quite a twisted mouthfull. That's your view of a free country where you hope the local government can reject a company because of the CEO's beliefs? If you can ban a company from entering a market because they disagree with gay marriage then someone else can ban a company because the CEO is gay. Is that what you want?
Walt Andy August 02, 2012 at 12:01 PM
"and denying equal rights to any group is always, always wrong." So your statement says it all. How about Dan Cathy's right to his beliefs? And Chick-Fil-A's rights to open a store in Maple Grove? Or are you a hypocrite? You have the right to you own opinion. And so does Mr. Cathy, In all honesty I think this debate just shows the true intollerance of both sides. If someone doesn't agree with the other then they must be hateful and anti-this and anti-that. I don't think the government should be involved in marriage at all. That said, they certainly DON'T have the constituional right to ban a company based on it's views.
Gyne Bens August 05, 2012 at 09:14 PM
I, as well as my family & friends will difinatley be supporting Chick- fil- A when it comes to Maple Grove. I can't wait for it to open. This will be a wonderful addition to everything else that is great about this area & I'm very sure that this business will attract even more shoppers. Thank you City Counsel for your excellent choice in approving this Restaurant. P.S. I wish you could lure Cracker Barrel Restaurant/Gift Shop to build in Maple Grove shopping area also. That would be great!!!
Gyne Bens August 05, 2012 at 09:44 PM
To have an opinion & exercise freedom of speech - which is every American's right - is not to be misconstrued as hate or intolerance. To gang up & bully someone to destroy them & their business, is (in my opinion) extreme hate & intolerance. I don't understand why someone is the bad guy just because they have a different value or opinion from thinking marriage should be for a man & a woman. Let them have their opinion. You can have your opinion to think marriage should be for man & man or woman & woman if you want - that is your free will to think that. Stop this control of others, to "make" them think as you do - OR ELSE! That is so wrong to do to someone - this is what you accuse others of doing to you. Please get it correct - Mr. Cathy did not say he is intolerant or hateful to you, he just said his views are for marriage between a man & a woman. Why does he have to be destroyed & hated for voicing a value of his? Is this not America? Is he excluded from his right to his Freedom of Speech? Why are you trying to deny him this right? You've twisted his words & are creating hate for no reason. We will vote on the gay marriage law & then we will all abide by the outcome of that vote. Stop the plan to destroy someone because their views differ from yours - you are even more guilty of hate & intolerance than what you accuse others of doing.
Mark Pruhs August 06, 2012 at 03:32 AM
I think we are inviting God’s judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at Him and say ‘we know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage’. Dan Cathy Chick-fil-A COO In-case you missed it, above is Dan Cathy's statement.
Gyne Bens August 06, 2012 at 04:53 AM
Where is Dan Cathy's statement? It did not show up - above, that I can see. I would like to read it & so should everyone, so they can stop misquoting him. I agree with Mark Pruhs & we do not hate gay people just because we believe in traditional marriage. Please stop claiming hate for different belief in values. God loves us all - it's up to each one of us what we choose in our life & then let Him be the One we answer to.
Mark Pruhs August 06, 2012 at 09:11 PM
Hi Gyne, Dan Cathy's statement is right where I said it was, it was easy to miss because it wasn't the hateful statement some uninformed* people have claimed it is. This is it, all 30 words; 'I think we are inviting God’s judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at Him and say ‘we know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage’.' That is the 30 word statement Dan Cathy, Chick-fil-A COO made 3 weeks ago while attending a meeting with ministers and others at a Colonial Baptist Church in North Carolina. *Uninformed: Many people are uninformed about Cathy's statement because the press has not included it when reporting about it. Almost like the press was intentionally misleading people.
Nancy L. Christman August 06, 2012 at 11:03 PM
To be completely transparent, here is a CNN interview with Ken Coleman about Dan's interview with him. So the statement you quoted was on the Ken Coleman radio show.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XkoHSKa2kts&feature=youtu.be Also here is a link to discover where Chick-fil-A donates its money: http://foundationcenter.org/findfunders/990finder/ Just enter Winshape, Georgia, 2010
Nancy L. Christman August 06, 2012 at 11:21 PM
Again transparency - here is the complete interview with Dan: This way you can hear the questions and context which generated Dan's remarks. http://rolandmartinreports.com/blog/2012/07/ken-coleman-redefining-tolerance-the-case-of-chick-fil-a/ Scroll about half way down the page for the full interview.
Gyne Bens August 07, 2012 at 06:32 PM
Thank you Mark P. and Thank you Nancy C. for your valuable information on Dan Cathy's "actual" words. I listened very close to every word he said in this interview and I am just blown away at the way people have twisted his words & intent to be something it is not. He did not ever say one word about hate or intolerance towards gays. He only stated his views on what he thinks God's values are on marriage but never once even mentioned the word gay or homosexual. He was talking about family & fatherhood. For these people to actually spread lies around the Country of what Mr. Cathy's words were, to me is slander & defamation of character. Shame on these trouble makers to drum up hatred among people in America to create more & more division that is unnecessary. Dan Cathy is not a hateful person nor is he intolerant. He said nothing wrong!!!! The people that are spreading lies about Mr. Cathy's statement are the intolerant & hateful ones. They are trying to destroy the reputation & business of a good man. In my opinion, this is abusive behavior & bullying. Why are there so many people who are willing to jump on the "bully" bandwagon? Honestly, if this has opened anyone's eyes to the truth of this situation, please be humble enough to stand firm against this bullying behavior of destroying someone because of false accusations & disagreeing with them. All it takes for evil to prevail is for good people to do nothing!
Jim August 07, 2012 at 10:04 PM
The fact is, hiding behind the "coded" language of hate in order to provide yourself a supposed "out" from saying what you obviously feel is weak, cowardly, manipulative, and intellectually-dishonest. if you want to know how people really feel, especially Conservatives, all you need to do is follow the money. And Dan Cathy has consistently given money to organizations that actively work to oppress gay people. Period. That's all the proof you should need.
Jim August 07, 2012 at 10:07 PM
Furthermore, that was NOT Dan Cathy's entire statement. When asked if he was against gay marriage, Dan Cathy replied "Guilty as Charged." http://www.latimes.com/business/money/la-fi-mo-chick-fil-a-gay-20120718,0,3020372.story People are entitled to their own opinions. But people are NOT entitled to their own FACTS.
Nancy L. Christman August 08, 2012 at 02:30 AM
I'm going to Respectful Conversations. I hope others will too. Luther Seminary and Minnesota Council of Churches invite the community to attend an August 14 conversation that will focus not on changing minds, but on softening hearts while discussing a divisive issue in Minnesota. Conversations about significant issues can sometimes be emotional, pick-a-side and fight-it-out discussions that leave us feeling worse about the people we disagree with, and sometimes worse about ourselves. Isn’t there another way to talk? Congregations across the state have chosen to be a source of living water, cooling the heat of divisive conversations through the Respectful Conversations Project. Join us to learn and practice how we can discuss significant issues without disliking each other more, but instead by understanding each other. A Respectful Conversation on the Marriage Amendment Tuesday, August 14, 6:00 – 9:00 pm Hosted by Luther Seminary 2481 Como Ave N, Saint Paul, MN 55108 Pre-registration required online at : www.mnchurches.org, Or by phone to the Seminary at (651) 641-3232 The Respectful Conversations Project is a program of the Minnesota Council of Churches with support from the Bush Foundation designed to strengthen civic life. Congregations throughout Minnesota will be hosting conversations that explore issues through the lens of deeply held convictions while maintaining, even enhancing, relationships among those who disagree.
Nancy L. Christman August 09, 2012 at 07:24 PM
Just to be clear and again in the spirit on transparency, there were two different interviews. Jim referenced the one from the Baptist Press and the other was from the Ken Coleman radio show. The fact is he did say what Jim said he said "guilty as charged, specifically "Some have opposed the company's support of the traditional family. "Well, guilty as charged," said Cathy when asked about the company's position." Here is the link to the story referenced. http://m.bpnews.net/bpnews.asp?id=38271. I am not sure what the specific question was because it does not say. Grace to all.
Gyne Bens September 11, 2012 at 07:03 PM
This is the complete interview that Dan Cathy stated "guilty as charged" - which he was NOT being hateful at all when he made that comment. Please read it from start to finish so you can understand that this is a good man who simply believes he (as well as every person who is an American Citizen) freely has the right to believe as they wish & has the right to free speech. Those who JUDGE him for following his standards, are trying to deny him of his free rights in our Country of America. So many people are mad & stir up trouble & hate against anyone who does not think & believe exactly the same as they do. That is so wrong of anyone to do and it is causing division among people. If you are one of these "controlling" people who is trying to "make" us all think "just like you" - then you are out of line & need to stop it & let each one of us be who we are as individuals. Thank You!!!!!
Gyne Bens September 11, 2012 at 07:05 PM
Sorry - I got so carried away with my comment above here that I forgot to post the interview of Dan Cathy. Here it is:
Gyne Bens September 11, 2012 at 07:17 PM
Sorry - I forgot to put Dan Cathy's interview on my comment above. Here it is: CARY, N.C. (BP) -- Dan Cathy oversees one of the country's most successful businesses. As president and chief operating officer of Chick-fil-A, Cathy leads a business with 1,608 restaurants that had sales of more than $4 billion dollars last year. They sell chicken and train employees to focus on values rooted in the Bible. His father, S. Truett Cathy started the business in 1946, when he and his brother, Ben, opened an Atlanta diner known as The Dwarf Grill (later renamed The Dwarf House). In 1967, his father opened the first Chick-fil-A restaurant in Atlanta. Today, Chick-fil-A is the second largest quick-service chicken restaurant chain in the United States based on annual system-wide sales. Dan Cathy's success has not erased the biblical values he learned as a child in a Baptist church. He is a warm, common man who is deeply committed to being a faithful Christian witness. And he is fully involved in New Hope Baptist Church in Fayetteville, Ga. He drives Chick-fil-A's efforts to provide genuine hospitality, ensuring that customers have an exceptional dining experience in a Chick-fil-A restaurant. Based on Matthew 5:41, Cathy is on a mission to provide customers with "second-mile" service -- exceeding even the highest expectations of a typical fast-food restaurant. (continued on next comment post below)
Gyne Bens September 11, 2012 at 07:19 PM
"We don't claim to be a Christian business," Cathy told the Biblical Recorder in a recent visit to North Carolina. He attended a business leadership conference many years ago where he heard Christian businessman Fred Roach say, "There is no such thing as a Christian business." "That got my attention," Cathy said. Roach went on to say, "Christ never died for a corporation. He died for you and me." "In that spirit ... [Christianity] is about a personal relationship. Companies are not lost or saved, but certainly individuals are," Cathy added. "But as an organization we can operate on biblical principles. So that is what we claim to be. [We are] based on biblical principles, asking God and pleading with God to give us wisdom on decisions we make about people and the programs and partnerships we have. And He has blessed us." Rather than leading from his corporate office in Atlanta, Cathy chooses to spend the majority of his time traveling to the chain's growing family of restaurants and interacting with Chick-fil-A's committed team members. His actions stem from a belief that working in the field provides a clearer understanding of the needs of Chick-fil-A customers. Leading from the front line also enables him personally to convey his servant spirit to the chain's 61,000-plus employees. (continued below)
Gyne Bens September 11, 2012 at 07:20 PM
Cathy believes strongly that Christians are missionaries in the workplace. "Jesus had a lot of things to say about people who work and live in the business community," he said. His goal in the workplace is "to take biblical truth and put skin on it. ... We're talking about how our performance in the workplace should be the focus of how we build respect, rapport and relationships with others that opens the gateway to interest people in knowing God. "All throughout the New Testament there is an evangelism strategy related to our performance in the workplace. ... Our work should be an act of worship. Our work should be our mission field. As long as we are stateside, let's don't think we have to go on mission trips by getting a passport. ... If you're obedient to God you are going to be evangelistic in the quality of the work you do, using that as a portal to share [Christ]," he said. When asked if Chick-fil-A's success is attributed to biblical values, Cathy quickly said, "I think they're inseparable. God wants to give us wisdom to make good decisions and choices." Quoting James 1:5, he spoke of how often he asks God for wisdom. "Frequently Jesus challenged us to just ask ... we're simply not asking as often as we should. We need to be more faithful to depend on a God who does love us and wants to have a relationship with us, and wants to give us the desires of our hearts." (continued below)
Gyne Bens September 11, 2012 at 07:21 PM
There is another success story attributed to Cathy's organization. They have a positive influence in the world of Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) and Southeastern Conference (SEC) football. There was a time when the Atlanta college football bowl game, which is now named after Chick-fil-A, was called the Peach Bowl. The annual bowl features teams from the ACC and the SEC. It struggled for a long time. Then 15 years ago the Chick-fil-A organization got involved. It was rebranded as the Chick-fil-A Bowl and has been incredibly successful with 15 consecutive sellouts. "We are the only bowl that has an invocation. It's in our agreement that if Chick-fil-A is associated in this, there's going to be an invocation. Also, we don't have our bowl on Sunday, either," Cathy said. In 2008 Chick-fil-A began sponsoring a Chick-fil-A Kickoff game matching two of the nation's top teams and hosted on the first weekend of the season in the same stadium (Georgia Dome) as the Chick-fil-A Bowl. This year Chick-fil-A will host two kickoff games, one on Friday and one on Saturday. "That's never been done before," he said. The pair of Chick-fil-A Kickoff games is expected to generate more than $60 million in economic impact. The bowl website describes the event as "a college football celebration of epic proportions." (Continued below)
Gyne Bens September 11, 2012 at 07:22 PM
When questioned about Chick-Fil-A's "Closed on Sunday" policy Cathy responded, "It was not an issue in 1946 when we opened up our first restaurant. But as living standards changed and lifestyles changed, people came to be more active on Sundays." The policy has not changed over the years as malls began changing their policies by opening on Sundays. "We've always put in our lease that we will be closed on Sundays," Cathy said. "We've had a track record that we were generating more business in six days than the other tenants were generating in seven [days]." "While developers had no identity whatsoever with our corporate purpose to 'glorify God and be a faithful steward of all that is entrusted to us and have a positive influence on all that come in contact with Chick-fil-A,' they did identify with the rent checks that we wrote to the mall, that were based on our sales. "So, they would make an exception for Chick-fil-A when they wouldn't make an exception for anybody else, simply because they knew we would pay them more in rent than any other tenant would that was open even seven days a week."
Gyne Bens September 11, 2012 at 07:26 PM
The company invests in Christian growth and ministry through its WinShape Foundation (WinShape.com). The name comes from the idea of shaping people to be winners. It began as a college scholarship and expanded to a foster care program, an international ministry, and a conference and retreat center modeled after the Billy Graham Training Center at the Cove. "That morphed into a marriage program in conjunction with national marriage ministries," Cathy added. Some have opposed the company's support of the traditional family. "Well, guilty as charged," said Cathy when asked about the company's position. "We are very much supportive of the family -- the biblical definition of the family unit. We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that. "We operate as a family business ... our restaurants are typically led by families; some are single. We want to do anything we possibly can to strengthen families. We are very much committed to that," Cathy emphasized. "We intend to stay the course," he said. "We know that it might not be popular with everyone, but thank the Lord, we live in a country where we can share our values and operate on biblical principles." That is it and thank you for bearing with me to post this whole interview.
Elsa McGuire November 22, 2012 at 01:03 AM
As a born and raised Georgia girl who lives in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area, I couldn't be more excited for this!! I'm a Chik-fil-a fan through and through and will definitely be a loyal customer at this location!
Joey Stone December 10, 2012 at 11:10 AM
Jim how does someones personal beliefs mean they hate someone? Do you have some evidence they treat gay people differently at their business? have they discriminated? i think you need to do some research and stop listening to comment boards for your information.
Joey Stone December 10, 2012 at 11:25 AM
jim why do you deserve special privileges? why should i now add you to the group of people who get tax breaks because you are married? where is this concern about the rights of people who are not married who dont get any special privileges. are you any better than the right wing hate groups that try to limit your "rights?" You are perfectly happy infringing on my rights in order to add yourself to the privileged people. dont you see you are guilty of the same thing that right wingers you say hate gays are? you are instead of standing up for what is moral, just saying please add me to the list of government anointed people. so its not about rights is it jim its about privileges.
Gyne Bens December 22, 2012 at 06:15 PM
I can't wait til Chick-fil-A opens this spring. I'm so excited & will be among their number one fans & continual customers. Yummmmm!!!!!! :-) I wish them the best & ask God to Bless them & their business.
Huckle February 02, 2013 at 08:26 PM
Dan and Me: My Coming Out as a Friend of Dan Cathy and Chick-fil-A An article by Shane L. Windmeyer.Nationally recognized LGBT leader in higher education; bestselling author; executive director, Campus Pride http://www.huffingtonpost.com/shane-l-windmeyer/dan-cathy-chick-fil-a_b_2564379.html
Rastus P Boofelter March 26, 2013 at 12:09 AM
There is no god.


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