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New Chick-fil-A restaurant is heading to this Bay Area town

Chick-fil-A, the fast-food chain best known for its spicy chicken sandwiches, opens its latest Bay Area storefront this week.

The new Chick-fil-A store opens Thursday at 5815 Silver Creek Valley Place in San Jose, making it the city’s fourth outpost. In a press release, the chain announced that Zach Jones would be the owner and operator of the franchise.

“I am extremely grateful for the chance to positively impact the Silver Creek Valley region and beyond,” Jones said in a statement. “My wife and I are thrilled with the endless possibilities of caring for our guests, team members and community.”

San Jose’s planning department approved an initial development permit expected in December 2020, which licensed a 2,656-square-foot Chick-fil-A restaurant with drive-thru. As with its planned store openings in Hawaii, Chick-Fil-A said it plans to donate $25,000 to Feeding America on behalf of the San Jose store.

Chick-fil-A is opening a new location Thursday at 5815 Silver Creek Valley Place in San Jose.

Courtesy of Chick-fil-A

The fast food chain has faced controversy over the years for its anti-LGBTQ beliefs, as well as its donations to charities with similar mindsets. These donations were scheduled to end in 2019, according to Business Insider. Yet Chick-fil-A owner Dan Cathy was among a list of wealthy families across the country who funneled money to an organization working to end the Equality Act a year later. , reported the Daily Beast.

News of the upcoming Chick-fil-A comes as fast-food chains continue to expand their footprint in the Bay Area. Earlier this year, Shack Shack announced plans to open a store in Stonestown Galleria, while In-N-Out plans to open a store in Santa Rosa by 2023. A highly anticipated Raising Cane store was set to open in Berkeley this summer, but those plans were recently scrapped as the chain said it planned to find an alternative site in the area. As for Chick-fil-A, the chain also announced plans earlier this year to open a store in Emeryville, but the official opening date has yet to be announced.