Chick-Fil-A coming to Milpitas Town Center

MILPITAS — Chick-Fil-A is coming to town.

The Milpitas Planning Commission unanimously approved last week
an application by the popular fast food chain to place a new
outpost at 755 Calaveras Blvd., at the corner of North Hillview
Drive.

To make way for the nearly 5,000 square-foot restaurant, the
commission approved the demolition of an existing 11,912-square
foot commercial building, which currently houses a Big 5 Sporting
Goods store, and a Jenny Craig Weight Loss Center, in the Milpitas
Town Center shopping area.

About 10 people expressed opposition to Chick-Fil-A coming to
Milpitas, through comments emailed into the city, mostly over
potential traffic concerns and “social political” concerns,
according to a staff report, while a few others sent in supportive
statements because they like the company’s food.

Chick-Fil-A has faced some backlash in recent years over its
foundation’s donations to charities such as the Salvation Army
and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, which have been accused
of having anti-LGBTQ policies or positions.

The
rendering above shows what the future Chick-Fil-A restaurant will
look like.

However, the company in late 2019 said it had stopped making
donations to those two organizations.

In 2012, the company’s CEO Dan T. Cathy told a Christian news organization that
the company believes in “the biblical definition of the family
unit,†after news reports showed the company’s foundation had
donated millions of dollars to try and prevent the legalization of
same-s*x marriage in the United States,
according to the New York Times
.

Resident Stacy Brobst said in an email to the city that she is
“strongly opposed†to the Chick-Fil-A proposal.

“Chick-fil-A discriminates against the LGBTQ community and
funds groups that try to make discriminatory laws against the LGBTQ
community,†she said “Milpitas is an inclusive community and
should not let a group that discriminates gain a foothold
here.â€

While several people submitted comments about the company’s
donations, staff from the city attorney’s office told the
commissioners that they are only to evaluate the operation being
proposed, “and not the operators involved.â€

Brobst was also concerned about the already “tremendous amount
of traffic†at the intersection of Hillview and Calaveras, and
said a drive-through restaurant would make it worse.

“There will be an increase in traffic, with additional
vehicles going to and from Milpitas Town Center, but the amount of
traffic will not significantly affect the city of Milpitas’
transportation network,†staff planner Michael Fossati said at
the June 24 Planning Commission meeting.

Fossati also said that Chick-Fil-A will add a dedicated right
turn lane on Hillview to help speed up the exit from the shopping
center, where currently there is only one lane for traffic going
straight, right, or left.

Commissioner Evelyn Chua also raised a concern about the heavy
traffic that could flow onto Hillview from Calaveras, which is
sometimes clogged with backups. Staff said that by adding a “keep
clear†section near the area where cars would turn into the
Chick-Fil-A area, traffic will move more smoothly through
Hillview.

To help prevent long queues from piling up into the parking lot,
the restaurant’s drive through will have two lanes, where
customers with larger orders can be directed into the outer lane,
staff said.

Chick-Fil-A’s hours will be 6 a.m. until 11 p.m. from Monday
through Saturday, and the restaurant will be closed on Sundays,
staff reports said.

Staff reports estimated it will take about six months to
demolish the current building and construct the restaurant, though
it’s unclear when construction would begin. The restaurant is
expected to hire between 60 and 80 full- and part-time
employees.

Alex Andrade, the city’s economic development director, said
due to its “prominent†location not very far from Interstate
680, “this store is expected to be a high-grossing Chick-Fil-A,
and one of the top performing stores in the Bay Area.â€

Staff said the owner of the property is currently in talks with
Big 5 about relocating, but it’s unclear if that will happen. An
employee at the store on Monday said the business is expecting to
be closed by October.

Anyone who wishes to appeal the decision of the Planning
Commission may do so by filing an
appeal form with the city clerk’s office
within 12 calendar
days of the decision, and paying a $1,858 fee.

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Chick-Fil-A coming to Milpitas Town Center