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Despite residents’ concerns, Chick-fil-A site approved for Upper Allen Township

Ed Gruver//December 8, 2022

Despite residents’ concerns, Chick-fil-A site approved for Upper Allen Township

Ed Gruver//December 8, 2022

Despite drawing sharp criticism from Cumberland County residents, plans for a Chick-fil-A restaurant in Upper Allen Township were unanimously approved Wednesday by a vote of township commissioners. 

A reported standing-room-only crowd attended a meeting Wednesday to voice their concerns, but four hours of debate led to Upper Allen Township Commissioners voting to approve the proposed location of the popular fast-food restaurant at the Mills at Shepherdstown Crossing. 

Situated at the intersection of Gettysburg Pike and South Market St., the 74-seat restaurant will feature three drive-thru lanes. Chick-fil-A is known for attracting long lines of customers, and residents believe the restaurant will bring to their area additional traffic, safety, and pollution issues. 

Township officials pointed to positive traffic studies that have been taken, but residents state the studies date to when traffic was lessened due to the pandemic. 

The Chick-fil-A in Upper Allen Township will be located approximately three miles from a Chick-fil-A in Lower Allen Township. 

Opponents to the Upper Allen Township plan were hoping recent history would repeat itself. The Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A chain sought to put one of its restaurants on 32nd and Market Streets in Camp Hill several years ago. Opposition from residents, however, led to the proposed site being leased instead to Chase Bank.

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