GAINES TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD)— Chick-fil-A lovers in West Michigan may soon have a reason to celebrate.
Developers unveiled their plans to build a Chick-fil-A restaurant in Gaines Township Thursday night at the township planning commission meeting.
The preliminary plan calls for a 4,800 square-foot restaurant at 1545 Edgeknoll Drive, located southwest of M-6 and Kalamazoo Avenue. It includes a drive-thru.
The township planning commission decided to review the plans and hold a public hearing sometime in February.
Jason Hill, the development manager for Chick-fil-A, said if they get support and approval, they hope to start construction and open sometime in 2017.
Hill told 24 Hour News 8 they have a strategy to develop within all of the Grand Rapids area, but the opportunity to build in Gaines Township just came up first.
“We had western Michigan targeted as our first sort of roll out of stores in Michigan, just because of the great Grand Rapids metro area and the wonderful things you hear about it and the opportunity to have great synergy with the communities,” said Hill.
Chick-fil-A was expected to open its first West Michigan restaurant in Holland last year.
The company paid nearly $1.8 million for the former Perkins Restaurant property off US-31 south of James Street. However, Chick-fil-A has not yet added the restaurant to its list of locations online.
Chick-fil-A currently has two Michigan locations, according to its website, both of which are about 150 miles from Grand Rapids in Detroit and Rochester. The Chick-fil-A currently located closest to Grand Rapids is about 90 miles away in Mishawaka, Indiana.