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Controversial Fast Food Chain Chick-fil-A Is Probably Opening Another Bay Area Location

The chicken sandwich purveyor made headlines for donating millions to groups that advocated against legalizing same-sex marriage

Chick Fil A logo and sign over restaurant, Manhattan, New York Photo by: Lindsey Nicholson/UCG/Universal Images Group via Getty Images
Lauren Saria is the editor of Eater SF and has been writing about food, drinks, and restaurants for more than a decade.

Chick-fil-A could be expanding its Bay Area footprint with a new location in the South Bay. The Mercury News reports that the company has purchased a plot of land near the corner of Silver Creek Road and East Capitol Expressway in San Jose. It was previously owned by another major company, Target, which operates a store in the same retail complex. Chick-fil-A “did not immediately respond to a request for comment regarding the potential for a new restaurant at the just-bought location,” the Mercury News noted.

The fast food company has made headlines for its association with groups that opposed legalizing same-sex marriage. The company donated millions of dollars to organizations that fought against legalizing gay marriage, while “smaller donations went to a group that practiced conversion therapy, a practice that stems from the discredited belief that homosexuality is a mental illness,” Eater reported in 2017.

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