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Chick-fil-A’s North Point Footprint Much Larger Than Previous Burger King

by Karen Goff — March 11, 2016 at 4:15 pm 34 Comments

Chick Fil A rendering/Credit: Fairfax County

Chick-fil-A’s planned store at North Point Village Center will be 58 percent bigger than the current Burger King building that occupies that location.

Chick-fil-A plans to tear down the Burger King building to build the new restaurant. In its place, it plans a new restaurant with an exterior that better coordinates with existing buildings at North Point, according to a Fairfax County Planning Department staff report.

The Burger King space at 1490 North Point Village Center has been vacant since March of 2014. Chick-fil-A filed its applications with the county in November. Chick-fil-A has an existing location at 12160 Sunset Hills Rd., about 2 1/2 miles away.

The staff report recommends approval of the project, which will have a public hearing before the county planning commission on March 16 at 8:15 p.m.

Some of the development conditions include:

  • Screening the trash dumpsters
  • Adding secure bike racks
  • Installing water-efficient landscaping
  • Using environmentally conscious building materials
  • Using EnergyStar-certified appliances

The Reston Planning and Zoning Committee has expressed concern that going from the drive-thru to the shopping center’s exit will involve a complicated U-turn. Chick-fil-A reps said the North Point exit lane will be widened to 12 feet, but that the area between the drive-thru and the village center exit would not be changed.

  • 20191 Crack-fil-A Eater

    This news just keeps getting better and better.

  • LakeNewportLady

    While I’m excited for this to come I can’t imagine how mangled the traffic back up at the drive thru down the parking lot will be….the other location is always a cluster I assume this one won’t be much better.

    • Why do you bother?

      You want to support bigotry, and hatred? Nice.

    • RestonYesterday

      Agreed, as someone who visits this plaza daily, it is already very crowded during peak hours, try finding parking on the Glory Days side of the lot. Then if the building is going to be half again as big that means fewer parking spaces. Watch them put another traffic light at the middle plaza entrance to

  • Nyla J.

    All those fancy environmentally friendly features, secure bike racks and water efficient sprinklers can’t hide the bigotry served up tween them buns.

    • susie

      They’re a Christian organization. Got a problem with that?

      • AmAChristian

        They’re a homophobic organization- that is not a “Christian” value.

        • Nyla J.

          Exactly.

        • susie

          Disagree

          • Why do you bother?

            Good thing for everyone else is, your disagreement doesn’t change the facts. And shame on you.

          • susie

            You speak for “everyone else” ?

          • Why do you bother?

            You sure as hell don’t. And facts are facts. Opinions don’t change them.

        • susie

          What does homophobic mean?

          • Why do you bother?

            It’s a misnomer. Bigots aren’t afraid of gay people (“phobia”), they simply hate them.

      • Why do you bother?

        The owner funds hate groups. That’s not Christian – that’s just plain despicable. They’re not getting one penny from me.

        • Ming the Merciless

          Great. More nugget for me and the thousands of other people in Reston who aren’t blinded by their stupid ideology.

          • Why do you bother?

            Or are blinded by the same stupid ideology as yours.

          • Ming the Merciless

            Oh what a snappy comeback! Right up there in wit with, “I know you are but what am I?”

            Hint: if you care about the political beliefs of someone who serves you food, then you are blinded by your stupid ideology.

            I couldn’t care less what a restaurant owner thinks about political issues, and I won’t even know unless for some absurd reason they decide to get in my face about it.

      • east297

        NO!!!!

    • Mike M

      Thanks for the timely warning Nyla. As I recall I enjoyed a great chicken sandwich and some astonishingly fine service at a remarkably clean North Carolina store. I remember thinking that these guys had brought fast food to a higher level. But, uh-oh! When I walked out, I was hatin’ big time!

      • Nyla J.

        Glad you value a chicken sandwich more than human rights, equality, tolerance.

        Sure puts the rest of your comments on this site into better perspective. Enjoy your privilege, Mike.

  • reston is changing

    Many Reston residents continue to believe that Reston is an amazing community with a small town feel – where local, independent businesses can thrive – yet here we have another behemoth corporate fast food restaurant opening, and we are excited about it? Another example of the ongoing sellout of our community to big business. The amazing disconnect between what Reston actually is and how its residents love to idealize it continues!

    • Ming the Merciless

      It is called “giving the people what they actually want” – not what some of them say they want. For all the yammer about “local, independent businesses”, they do not thrive for the simple reason that Restonians do not spend their money there. Fast food restaurants and chain stores do well in Reston because Restonians DO spend their money there, because they like the foods, goods, and services they offer.

      If you don’t like it… go spend your money at a “local, independent business”. As for me, I’ll go for the delicious CFA.

      • reston is changing

        Ming takes troll bait? Get out of here!

    • Restonr

      This was a Burger King… Chic Filet is a much smaller company… They’re replacing a large company with a large company, and in my opinion that vacant building is a big eyesore as is…

  • RoadApples

    Curious question:
    Since I am Homoaware but not a Homophobe:
    Should I boycott Apple products ?

  • Only on this website could a simple article about a Chick-fil-a opening devolve into arguments over homophobia, bigotry, and opinions/facts.

    • susie

      Only in Reston could a successful Christian business be attacked with such venom.

      • That’s not correct at all. This isn’t something that happens only in Reston. And after reading through some of your other comments on this post, I don’t think you are helping to mitigate the “venom” you speak of. When you say things like “got a problem with that?” you’re the one attacking and therefore instigating people to be defensive.

        • susie

          Evan – I simply want people to be honest in their criticisms. You appear to have appointed yourself the PC policeman here and I have no use nor interest in that kind of censorship.

          • There’s opportunity for better discourse than currently happens in this comment section. There’s a way to be honest and rational and thoughtful without aggravating – that goes also for the person you replied to in the first place. I don’t make the connection between being respectful and dishonesty. You can make your case and prove a point without being brash.

    • vdiv

      It’s not the website, it’s your neighbors.

      • While I realize that many of the people commenting here are, technically, my neighbors, the neighbors that I interact with are kind and thoughtful. It seems the people who most often take the time to comment on this website are cynical, snarky, and disenchanted about their community. They are also often sarcastic and negative towards those who wander into the comments and offer alternative viewpoints.

        The end result is the same people comment over and over while others simply lurk and don’t comment because they don’t want to deal with the craziness that occurs after the article.

        • vdiv

          Pardon, snarkiness is contagious. Good to know that the opinions here do not represent the majority of Restonites.

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