Now some people are wondering if a Chick-fil-A is going to join the mix.
As reported Friday, Hilbers M&M — a Yuba City developer — is proposing a 44,400 square foot four-story hotel (79 to 81 rooms) that includes 2,100 square feet of commercial space; a 3,900 square foot drive-through building; and 3,200 square foot commercial building. The project is across the street and up the hill from a Burger King and not far from a McDonald’s and Taco Bell.
In regards to the drive through, a good business source pointed out to me that “the developer Hilbers builds Chick-fil-A’s and he is out of Yuba City.” Sure enough, as Hilbers’ website states: “Hilbers Inc. is developing a long term relationship with this great and growing restaurant chain. Very impressive, as this chain has surpassed the venerable KFC in sales with far fewer restaurants.”
Long-term relationship indeed: Hilbers has built Chick-fil-A’s in Granite Bay — the first in our region — as well as Vacaville, Rancho Cordova, Santa Rosa, Fremont, San Jose, Novato; and Lynwood, Wa., and Tacoma, Wa, according to its website. Another developer is bringing a Chick-fil-A to North Auburn.
Chick-fil-A was the focus of controversy following a series of public comments made in June 2012 by chief operating officer Dan T. Cathy — a self-described evangelical Christian —opposing same-sex marriage.
In a 2012 radio interview, Cathy said: “As it relates to society in general, I think we are inviting God’s judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at him and say, ‘We know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage,'” as the Times reported.
“The Baptist family that owns Chick-fil-A has for years given millions of dollars to organizations fighting same-sex marriage and supporting heterosexual ones,” the Times article continued.
“Small protests against its position have swelled and receded over the past couple of years, but recently the battle has spilled into the halls of city governments and the presidential campaign. Even the Muppets are involved.”
In 2014 Forbes ran a headline: “Chick-fil-A CEO Cathy: Gay Marriage Still Wrong, But I’ll Shut Up About It And Sell Chicken”
We’ll keep you posted on Hilbers’ plans for the parcels in Grass Valley. A bio on President Kurt Hilbers and the firm is here.