Chick-fil-A Winging It to Seal Beach

Following a recent Planning Commission decision to allow two drive-thru lanes, the fast-food giant is one step closer to construction in the Shops at Rossmoor.

The chickens are coming! The chickens are coming!

A new Chick-fil-A took another flap forward recently after officials gave the fast-food giant a permit to build two drive-thru lanes at its proposed 4,529-square-foot restaurant in Seal Beach.

The Planning Commission decision serves as official confirmation that the biz will come to roost at 12101 Seal Beach Blvd., filling an empty nest at the Shops at Rossmoor that had been vacant since 2006, according to city staff.

Seal Beach requires any business proposing a drive-thru lane to go through the city’s permitting process, which Chick-fil-A did Jan. 16. 

According to city staff, the restaurant will have 114 seats, no outdoor dining, automatic volume control on the drive-through speaker boxes and about 15 employees working any given shift.

The interior floor plan is designed with a 1,470-square-foot dining area and a 200-square-foot children's play area.

Operating hours are proposed for 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and closed on Sundays.

Located on the north end of the property, the business would also have shared parking with the shopping center.

Famous for its Southern-style chicken sandwiches and its bovine mascots, the company recently found itself in mired in America’s debate over gay marriage after its president said he supported "the Biblical definition of the family unit.

Gay marriage advocates strongly criticized the chain, holding kiss-ins, protests and business boycotts while traditional marriage advocates flocked to Chick-fil-A restaurants to show support for the company and its leaders.

In previous interviews, city staff said the Planning Commission only examines application on design merits, not the political or social beliefs of the business owners.

tiny February 16, 2013 at 08:50 PM
Wow, sorry for so many errors.
met00 February 16, 2013 at 10:06 PM
Larry's book is excellent. It doesn't go into a great deal of the politics that happened. And we still have questionable history by mouth that continued. For instance, part of the history by word of mouth is that the Los Al Race Track was offered to the City Fathers, but that they didn't want it because they didn't want to have anything to do with gambling. I must have heard that "story" about the history of the area ten times. But further research shows that the history by word-of-mouth sounds truthy, but it isn't 100% accurate. Larry spent a great deal of time and effort doing his research and I have found his book well detailed. In addition, believe it or not, Farmers and Merchants Bank has a great deal about the accurate history of the local area in it's archives. Like I said, there are some natural borders that make up the communities. Seal Beach focuses on the community from the hill to the ocean. Leisure World is a separate community unto themselves. The area North of the 405 and East of Coyote Creek has more in common with Rossmoor and Los Al. The area west of Rossmoor and along 7th street has more in common with Long Beach. If I were redrawing the city maps today to reflect the "communities" I would take the north-east portion of SB, Rossmoor and Los Al and make that a single community. It wouldn't be a "super city", but it would be a very nice and common one.
met00 February 16, 2013 at 10:12 PM
It should be noted that there is NO WAY Seal Beach would give up the north end. They get much more revenue than they have costs from the centers. One only has to remember that Seal Beach tends to think of itself as a "beach city" (much like Huntington Beach) their focus is all on what is south of the hill. They make the revenue in the north, but it all gets spent in the south. If the Los Al borders matched the area that the Los Al Business Co-op is using the city would be very well financed and the income base would stay in the community where the costs are. The result would be a much nicer local community where traffic would be better managed since the income would be able to be spent mitigating the traffic issues. Like I have said before. I am so looking forward to the development of PCH and second/westminster as it should put a massive traffic mess in Seal Beaches back yard where they will know what it feels like to have all the pain and none of the benefits. Karma can be a witch.
Francis April 24, 2013 at 08:31 PM
I've lived in Rossmoor for almost 30 years. It is obvious that the politicos of both Los Al and Seal Beach care nothing about road-trapped Rossmoor other than to get our $$. Can't wait for the holiday season when when traffic on Los Al/Seal Beach becomes the ultimate 'carmageddon' with every intersection experiencing grid-lock! How about a 2 day boycott of all Los Al and Seal beach businesses to help impress upon them that we do exist and they should care about how their decisions affect our living conditions!
CDC November 18, 2013 at 05:52 PM
I try anything once. However, I won't be coming back to this place any time soon. This place is a total ripoff! It cost 40.00 bucks for a meal for three here. They must think all people around here are millionaires? I found a 2013 menu for one of their Florida stores and the prices are a third less. The owner is a total crook! Here are the issues I had: 1. Burgers are very tiny and the filet only covered half the bun 2. This meat has zero flavor and bun tastes like cardboard. 3. The fruit cups are a scam. One or two strawberries and oranges, and berries are placed on top and the rest is 90% apple. What crooks! Apples are cheap fruit that nobody wants. 4. Bags are thin as TP. One of our bags bottoms gave out and we lost the cole slaw. It would be nice if the cheap owner got real bags that hold stuff. 5. Closed on Sundays when everyone wants to eat out. 6. The parking in this shopping center is now horrid. No place to park anywhere east of Sprouts after they opened this place. You now have to park on the Bradbury or Davenport in Rossmoor. This place is totally worthless. Anything else built here would be better! I will still eat at Paul's for good takeout. I hope people wake up to the fact that Chik-fil-A is out to rip them off just because they live in California. You are better off going to the nearby In-N-Out or Chipotle. Think of how much food you can buy for 40 bucks!


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