An application by Chick-fil-A was scheduled to be addressed at the Town of Hempstead Board of Appeals on Wednesday, after the Herald went to press.
The Georgia-based chain, known for its chicken sandwiches and waffle fries — and for having a conservative philosophy on some social issues — is looking to open an outlet in Woodmere. It would be the fourth Chick-fil-A on Long Island.
The company is eyeing 249-23 Rockaway Blvd. in Woodmere, a vacant building in the 5 Towns Shopping Center. It would be Chick-fil-A’s westernmost location on Long Island, the others being in Commack, Hicksville and Port Jefferson Station. “My daughter loves them,” said Bernadette Edwards, a Malverne resident who was playing with her grandson at North Woodmere Park. “Now at least she won’t have to drive out east to get it.”
Another visitor to the park was less excited about the possibility. Janet Aga-pitos lives in Queens, but often meets her grandson, who lives in Cedarhurst, at North Woodmere Park. “Aren’t their politics bad?” she asked, referring to Chick-fil-A’s opposition to same-sex marriages.
Dan T. Cathy, the company’s CEO, made several public comments in 2012, stating that marriage-equality groups “have the audacity to define what marriage is about,” and were “inviting God’s judgment on our nation.”
“Yeah, thumbs down,” Agapitos added. “Equal rights for all.”
“We keep kosher,” said Woodmere resident Devora Lowe, a sentiment likely shared by a majority of the area’s Jewish community, “so it doesn’t really affect us.”
Chick-fil-A founder Samuel Truett Cathy was a devout Southern Baptist. His beliefs are the source of the company’s stance on same-sex marriage, and the reason all locations — even the one in Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, where the NFL’s Falcons play — are closed on Sundays.
The company was founded in Atlanta, and most Chick-fil-A locations are in the south. The Woodmere location would be New York state’s 13th.
“We are always evaluating potential new locations in hopes of serving existing and new Long Island customers great food with remarkable service,” said the company’s external communications manager, Brenda Morrow. “We look forward to bringing a restaurant to the Five Towns and sharing details about the confirmed location, franchise owner, grand opening, and hiring in the future.”