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Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Board of Supervisors approves Chick-Fil-A

These buildings in central Annandale will be replaced by a Chick-Fil-A.
The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors easily approved a zoning special exception Jan. 14 to allow construction of a Chick-fil-A drive-through restaurant on Little River Turnpike in central Annandale.

No one spoke during the public hearing on the proposal, and none of the supervisors raised any objections.

The Planning Commission endorsed the project Jan. 8. During that meeting, Commissioner James Hart (at-large) questioned why an automobile-oriented fast-food restaurant should be allowed when the Annandale Comprehensive Plan calls for pedestrian-oriented, mixed-use development.


On the other hand, he noted, a Chick-fil-A would be an improvement over what is currently on that property – dilapidated buildings that used to house antique dealers.

“This is an opportunity for investment in Annandale,” Mason Supervisor Penny Gross said during the Board of Supervisors meeting.

The 1.12-acre site is “still too small for significant redevelopment,” she said, and there is little chance that adjacent properties can be consolidated. The site is surrounded by a Speedway gas station, a U.S. Post Office and Giant supermarket, and “they are not going away.”   

11 comments:

  1. When can we expect construction to begin?

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  2. When can we expect something other than the old mantra, i.e. "an improvement over what is currently on the property"?

    Fast food restaurants and discount chains seem to be the standard for Baileys and Annandale. Now there's talk of a Walmart, hardly upscale, when we have 2 Targets within a few miles of each other.

    Is that the vision for a district with so much potential?

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    1. There's been a rise in a demographic that creates a favorable business opportunity for Walmart. Besides, this area needs some form of retail. - Sparky

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  3. Walmart and Chick Fil A constitute a massive improvement over what is currently available in Annandale.

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  4. Not sure that Walmart of Chick-Fil-A address any particular shopping needs in Annandale, unless you want stores that are 30 seconds from your house rather than 5 minutes. Within a few miles we have a very large shopping mall with any number of outlets and specialty shops (Springfield); at Bailey's we have a Target and many, many other shops. Slightly further afield (8 minutes?) we have a large shopping strip at Seven Corners. Just a few more minutes (10?) we have Mosaic District. There you can find any boutiques you might want. And these are all the conventional shopping experiences. What we have that almost no one else has (competitive advantage, anyone?) are ethnic and cultural food and shopping experiences. Besides the dozens (a hundred?) different restaurants - which attract foodies from across the region - we have at least ten grocery stores (Korean, Middle Eastern, Latino, Ethiopian, other African, German, etc.) where you can get anything else your culinary heart desires. Keep your Walmarts - you can find those anywhere. Annandale is unique.

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    1. James, I completely agree. Other major cities have cultural hubs, like in LA/San Fran they have little Mexico, little Tokyo, Chinatown, and they are fantastic. Falls Church has Eden Center for VIetnam, though it's a smaller scale then a full neighborhood. If Annandale can carve out it's niche as an multicultural business area, and gear it more towards that (make it walkable!), that would make Annandale stand out. With the redevelopment of Kmart into something of that vein, Annandale just needs to promote that mindset as well as open more of these type of businesses, and cluster the alike cultural businesses together.

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    2. +f@cking 1 James and Adale, couldn’t agree more dudes

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  5. the only reason chick fil, which in my opinion is biochemical warfare against us, would be successfull is because the people are asleep and have completely lost all knowledge of their selves...also, by the looks of it most of the "clouds" in that picture of the antique emporium are those man made abomination clouds eye blather on about...your welcome

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  6. So what’s the proposed redevelopment of KMart? Link?

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  7. https://sjmpartners.com/coming-soon/kmart/

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  8. Expect a lot more traffic. Whatever people think about Chik-Fil-A, it is popular. The Chick-Fil-A traffic in Springfield is brutal - I actually like their Sunday closed policy as I can actually go to the shopping center and avoid the traffic.

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