Councilmember: Chick-fil-A setting up shop in Cheektowaga

Chick-fil-A site plans submitted to the Town of Cheektowaga. (Jim Herr/Cheektowaga Chronicle)
Chick-fil-A site plans submitted to the Town of Cheektowaga. (Jim Herr/Cheektowaga Chronicle)

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. – A Cheektowaga Town Councilmember confirms to Cheektowaga Chronicle that Chick-fil-A is coming to Town. It’s the first store for the chain in Western New York.

Councilmember James Rogowski says the site of the old Famous Dave’s restaurant at 1753 Walden Avenue was the company’s choice.

Rogowski says, “I feel good. Number one, when you look at it, they’re going to knock down an empty building. People always complain that we have these empty buildings. Well, now we’re knocking one down and putting a new building up that will be filled with a tenant.”

Councilmember James Rogowski speaks to WIVB-TV's Al Vaughters and photographer Mike Mombrea, Jr. about Chick-fil-A site plans on July 24, 2017. (Jim Herr/Cheektowaga Chronicle)
Councilmember James Rogowski speaks to WIVB-TV’s Al Vaughters and photographer Mike Mombrea, Jr. about Chick-fil-A site plans on July 24, 2017. (Jim Herr/Cheektowaga Chronicle)

The design will bring some green space to the area, even more than what the Town requires. “It’s going to be a park setting,” Rogowski said. “They’re going to do landscaping, and from what I’m looking at the plans, beautiful landscaping in the front. At the corner of Anderson and Walden, where that turn is, they’re going to create a huge island with beautiful features. So it looks beautiful when people get off the Thruway and come into the Town.” 

“It’s going to be a park setting,” Rogowski said. “They’re going to do landscaping, and from what I’m looking at the plans, beautiful landscaping in the front. At the corner of Anderson and Walden, where that turn is, they’re going to create a huge island with beautiful features. So it looks beautiful when people get off the Thruway and come into the Town.” 

The traffic design should help with congestion on the busy stretch of shopping plazas. “I like what they have done. They have taken the traffic off of Walden Avenue and put it onto Anderson. The entrance of the drive-thru will be off of Anderson Road. It takes it off of the main stream road, then they loop around the building and they can exit back off of Anderson and can turn and go to the signal.”

“I like what they have done. They have taken the traffic off of Walden Avenue and put it onto Anderson. The entrance of the drive-thru will be off of Anderson Road. It takes it off of the main stream road, then they loop around the building and they can exit back off of Anderson and can turn and go to the signal.”

The dual lane drive-true will also be able to accommodate 24 cars – 8 more than what the Town requires by code.

The next step is a meeting tomorrow at the Alexander building. Town officials will discuss the plan, and make sure it conforms to Town code. Then the details will be passed on to the planning board.

“I will continue, as I always do, to send feelers out to companies in hopes that they respond to me and decide to invest in the Town of Cheektowaga. Because if they invest in the Town of Cheektowaga that’s increasing tax dollars in our Town, increasing tax dollars in WNY and making it a better place to live – without vacant businesses,” Rogowski said.