‘I’ll spend money on a hotel just to buy their food’: Chick-fil-A super fan ecstatic about proposal

‘I’ll spend money on a hotel just to buy their food’: Chick-fil-A super fan ecstatic about proposal
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A Chick-Fil-A building permit sits along Newport Highway in north Spokane. Could the chicken chain finally be coming to Spokane? 

We get it. You love your chicken sandwiches and want more than anything for Chick-fil-A to come to Spokane.

Well, it’s starting to look more and more like the popular chicken chain is coming to the Lilac City — and one woman in particular could not be more excited.

“I will go as far as to drive to Seattle from Spokane just to eat it. Like, literally, my entire family will go on road trips just for Chick-fil-A,” said Teresa Ahrendt from Spokane Valley, who says she’s eaten out at the chain hundreds of times. “So yeah, I’ll spend money on gas, money on a hotel just to go buy their food.”

Teresa’s road trips may be coming to an end soon.

The waffle fry super fan spoke with 4 News Now Tuesday afternoon along Newport Highway, where a notice for the chain’s application stands.

“When I found out that there was one coming, I was so stoked and I’m really hoping that they’re not teasing me or yanking my chain because I will be seriously sad if that happens,” Teresa said, alluding to the false alarm last summer that sent Spokane into a frenzy, as many believed the chain would set up shop on Gonzaga’s campus.


Chick-fil-A is working through an application to make its way to Spokane with a restaurant and drive-thru on Newport Highway. @kxly4news pic.twitter.com/qsVAGP4ZoV

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“I’m not betting my money on it until I see the foundation being poured and built! Because I can’t get my hopes up to be squashed again,” she said.

In June, Chick-fil-A Inc. filed a State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) permit application with the City of Spokane for a parcel of land at 9304 N. Newport Highway. The permit application included a request to expand the lot to 4,833 square feet with a drive-through window, install 80 parking stalls, associated curbing, sidewalks and landscaping.

The permit application was filed by Don Ikeler, whose LinkedIn Profile states he’s the West Region Development Director for Chick-fil-A.

Despite all of this, Chick-fil-A Inc.’s press team still has not officially announced a grand opening. In June, the press team released this statement:

We are always evaluating potential new locations in the hopes of serving existing and new customers great food with remarkable service. While we hope to serve the Spokane, Washington, community in the future, we do not currently have any locations to confirm.

Here’s where you need to pay attention to the wording. Chick-fil-A Inc. stated they do not have any locations to confirm, but that is because their request to build has not been officially approved… yet.

Now, the Spokane planning and development department is asking for public comment on the application until Aug. 7. Once city planners comb through those comments, they’ll take action to decide whether or not to give Chick-fil-A the go-ahead.

“The fact that we’re in limbo makes me a little nervous,” Teresa said. “However, I believe in our city, I believe in our public people, I believe in the people we’ve put in office to hear the voice of the people.”

Should city planners approve the chain’s application, Chick-fil-A will be free to apply for construction permits at any given time.

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