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Chick-fil-A Welcome in Santee, Details of Fast Food Franchise Openings

Amidst public uproar about the Chick-fil-A CEO speaking out against same-sex marriage Santee's getting it's own franchise, along with an In-N-Out.

Letter to the Editor: 

Business appeared brisk Wednesday at San Diego-area Chick-fil-A restaurants amidst a national effort to counter backlash against the fast-food chain since its chief executive .

The recent comments by Chick-fil-A's CEO sparked some calls for boycotts of its restaurants and even some talk of banning the chain from opening franchises in some cities.

Santee City Manager Keith Till verified that there is no such movement to ban Chick-fil-A in Santee, in fact, final plans are in the works to . The restaurant will be situated in the Kohl's parking lot, alongside an that is scheduled to complete the exterior of its building, parking lots and landscaping by November 1, with the interior work to follow. Construction on Chick-fil-A would likely begin in September, shooting for an opening in February.

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Hukabee called for Wednesday to be "Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day" in support of the company and CEO Dan Cathy, whose statements drew threats of a boycott from gay marriage backers and condemnation from the mayors of Boston, Chicago and Washington, D.C.

The walk-in line at the Chick-fil-A restaurant in the Sports Arena area stretched into and around the parking lot at lunchtime, with a back-up for the drive-through window. Several people said on their Twitter accounts that the wait was around two hours.

"Somebody just said, 'This is what America's all about, this is what people actually feel,"' Wilhelmina Gorgensen told CBS8.

Long lines were also reported at the company's locations in Chula Vista and San Marcos.

Supporters of same-sex marriage plan to respond on Friday by going to Chick-fil-A restaurants around the country and kissing each other.

In Laguna Hills last week, nearly three dozen people attended the grand opening of a Chick-fil-A location, many carrying signs with messages such as "Eat More Equality" and "Will God Judge Me for Loving of Judge You for Hating?"

Chick-fil-A issued a statement noting that it did not organize today's events, but said the company appreciates "all of our customers and are glad to serve them at any time."

-City News Service contributed to this report

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Kelly August 02, 2012 at 06:53 PM
Re: Allowing Chik-Fil-A : Typical of the God spouting Haters of any humanity that are "different" than them. Them being Santee-ins that are rather racist, white, breeder, God-Spoutin' Creationists. Santee is still a sick little in-bred jungle of militia-oriented, gun-toting, truck driving, resource guzzling folks who can't handle the world. I say there is no place in "heaven" for these people in the after-life, no place at all. LEARN TO LOVE EVERYONE, and you may be saved after all.
Joe Vega August 02, 2012 at 07:51 PM
You should embrace your own advice. "Learn to love everyone", even people who happen to live in Santee. Your stereotypical view of the people of Santee shows an ignorance of the majority of good people whom live here.
Alan Stuart August 02, 2012 at 09:09 PM
Joe, The only intolerance tolerable is the intolerance of intolerance. Kelly isn't hating on anyone.
Joe Spencer August 02, 2012 at 09:13 PM
Steven the link you posted doesnt go to the blog...its the link for this article.
Rachele August 02, 2012 at 09:18 PM
Wow Kelly. Take your own advice. Loving everybody means those in Santee too. I'm not sure when you were here last but we are a family place, open to all sorts of families. I've seen many gay couples around town, going about their business just as the straight couples. Sure, many of us may be more conservative, believing in the right to bare arms or free speech, etc, but that's our right as Americans. We don't all have to be the same. But spewing hate against us while trying to tell us to love everybody is a bit hypocritical, don't you think?
Rachele August 02, 2012 at 09:22 PM
Oh, and I'm excited about both restaurants, not because of their political stands, but because both places serve quality fast food. Yum, yum!
Doug Curlee August 03, 2012 at 01:04 AM
my idea of the perfect fast-food meal? get two chicken sandwiches at chick-fil-a..then go across the street for some in and out fries with that.. doug
Kelly August 03, 2012 at 04:21 PM
It is necessary to be extreme in my speech to get people's attention as to how Santee people are viewed here by many, many others. It is everyday that I see and deal here with bad attitudes, hateful talk overheard at "Target" or "iHop", the amazingly hate-spouting bumper-stickers on those unnecessarily huge and ridiculous trucks, the cigarettes being thrown out the windows into the dry brush without a second thought, the hateful billboards regarding a women's right to choose. Then there are the constant angry expressions on these young, white, shaved head guys driving these ridiculous vehicles in such an angry and disrespectful way toward other drivers. It is appalling, and Santee is known to pass down it's angry and hateful attitudes from generation to generation, and all in the name of some Christian faith or other. Don't people realize how this is seen in decent, educated society? Doesn't Santee want to come out of the 1950's-60's ? I certainly take my own advice, and it is because of this that I am sending out a stern warning in rather acerbic terms, since that is what preachers seem to do, and that is what most Santee's people seem to only understand, from my observation.
Kelly August 03, 2012 at 04:21 PM
I do not think Santee people need more fast food around here at all, from what I observed, they could use much less of the gross, calorie and fat filled hormone ridden crap fast food to fill so many already over-filled belly's (so many very young fat kids here it is appalling!) and more decent, nice restaurants around here.
Drahcir August 04, 2012 at 06:48 AM
Everyone is beautiful and deserves a chance to be loved, not only for the choices they make, but also the choices already made for them.
Kelly August 04, 2012 at 04:02 PM
To Evan - You cannot understand what I am saying. Your responses are like when white people were telling African-Americans to go back to Africa if they didn't like it here in the U.S., like back in the 60's ~ I have every right to criticize Santee in hopes it makes better choices for mind and body, and for a better, more open attitude. Unfortunately your comments just prove my point. Still, I believe everyone here has a right to come back at me to speak their mind as well. The more comments the better as the pervasive attitudes rise to the surface.
James Jones August 04, 2012 at 04:41 PM
Sure Kelly, and every person who expresses a different opinion than yours will be added to your list of haters, bigots, homophobes. This how folks with your mindset operate, throw out all of your observations and accusations and then dismiss any opposing opinion as hateful, racist, etc. Hey, maybe you could run for Mayor of Boston or an alderman in Chicago.
Kelly August 04, 2012 at 08:03 PM
It's good for you to keep talking...as long as you don't shoot anyone..please.
Steven Bartholow (Editor) August 14, 2012 at 06:51 PM
http://santee.patch.com/blog_posts/chick-fil-a
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