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Chick-fil-A scopes its first restaurant site in Spokane

Atlanta company named in environmental review

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Spokane could soon have its first Chick-fil-A restaurant, according to documents filed with the city, although the Atlanta-based restaurant chain declines to confirm those plans.

An environmental review completed by the city on June 7 shows Chick-fil-A Inc. is the applicant for a 4,800-square-foot restaurant north of the Division Street Y at 9304 N. Newport Highway, just north of a Home Depot store.

The environmental checklist submitted for the review states that the applicant likely would subdivide the 3-acre property into two parcels, with the restaurant occupying about 1.6 acres on the west half of the property. Two driveways will access the restaurant from Hoerner Avenue. 

Chick-fil-A declines to comment on the documents.

“While we hope to serve the Spokane, Washington, community in the future, we do not currently have any locations to confirm,” a representative of the company says in an email response to a Journal inquiry regarding the project.

The restaurant would employ about 75 people, the environmental checklist states, and would include a drive-thru and 80 parking spots. A site plan shows that the restaurant interior will seat as many as 96 people, with an additional 16 seats on a patio area.

The existing 4,000-square-foot red, barn-shaped building and the parking lot currently occupied by Automotive Specialties Auto Sales Inc. will be demolished, according to the checklist.

Bellevue-based Ware Malcomb is listed as the architect on the project.

According to Spokane County Assessors records, the property is owned by Spokane real estate magnate Harlan Douglass.

Chick-fil-A has more than 2,000 restaurants, with the closest to Spokane operating in Moscow, Idaho.

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Reporter Virginia Thomas has worked at the Journal since 2017 and covers the banking and finance industries. As a reporter, she loves learning about Spokane's many growing industries. She enjoys travelling with her husband, snuggling with her cats, and cross stitching.

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