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Chick-fil-A gobbles up Marin County site

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Chick-fil-A restaurants are now in the works in Walnut Creek and Novato, while some Mountain View residents have cried fowl. (Michael Gras/Flickr)

A restaurant site in Novato was bought last month by southern chicken chain Chick-fil-A, which plans to use the site to launch their first North Bay location by 2014.

A brokerage that represented Chick-fil-A told the IJ the chain paid $2.7 million for the Novato location off 101 at Rowland, currently a Carl’s Jr. (Without a Green Burrito, for whatever that’s worth.)

Fairfield is the closest Chick-fil-A has yet ventured toward the exceedingly gay Bay Area, though a Walnut Creek location is set to debut next month. Two separate Mountain View groups are squaring off against a location there on gay rights and land use grounds.

Never shy about its conservative leanings, Chick-fil-A thrust itself into the gay marriage debate earlier this year with divisive remarks reaffirming their accepted biblical definition of marriage.

Customers by the thousands clogged drive-through lanes across the country earlier this month as a show of national support for the chain. A counter-protest “kiss-in” by opponents days later drew mostly small crowds.

Chick-fil-A has said on their website they want to stick to chicken and stay out of the same-sex marriage fray. Mayors like San Francisco’s own Ed Lee have publicly scolded the chain over their values and statements.

Jesse Garnier
Jesse Garnier is the editor and founder of SFBay. A Mission District native, he also teaches journalism as assistant professor at San Francisco State University.

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