The Schooner may sail no longer now that Chick-fil-A is considering entering the Lakewood fast-food market.
The Georgia-based restaurant chain has filed an application with the city of Lakewood to build an outlet, with drive-thru, at 5429 100th St. SW, a site occupied since 1972 by the Schooner Pub & Galley.
Chick-fil-A, known primarily for its rabid fans and a pickle-bedecked chicken sandwich, recently entered the Western Washington market and earlier this year opened an outlet near the Tacoma Mall.
A California firm, 4G Development & Consulting, recently filed an application for State Environmental Policy Act review as well as an application for a conditional use permit to construct a drive-thru attached to a 4,500-square-foot Chick-fil-A at the Lakewood location.
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Carrie Kurlander, vice president of public relations at Chick-fil-A, issued a statement Wednesday that did not confirm the proposed outlet.
"We’re so excited about our restaurants in Bellevue, Lynnwood and Tacoma, and we hope we can join more communities in the state soon,” she said. “While we are always evaluating potential new locations, we do not have any new sites to confirm at this time."
Although unconfirmed, word of the proposed construction has reached the Schooner.
“The owners are negotiating,” on-site manager Lori Ojala said Wednesday.
Ojala said negotiations could last “a few months to a couple of years.”
After 43 years, she said, the proposed closure of the Schooner Pub & Galley was not welcome news.
“It’s sad,” she said.
A legal notice is scheduled to appear in The News Tribune on Thursday (Nov. 5) inviting the public and interested parties to comment on the Chick-fil-A application.
Comments will be taken through Nov. 19 and should be addressed in writing to the Lakewood Community Development Dept.; attn.: Andrea Bell, assistant planner; 6000 Main St. SW; Lakewood, WA 98499; or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A public hearing also will be scheduled.
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