(Times Union) Airport CEO John O’Donnell told the Albany County Airport Authority at its meeting Monday morning that the eatery’s sales were “exceeding our expectations.”
How successful might a free-standing Chick-fil-A in someplace like Latham be? It’s possible that we won’t have to wait long to find out.
An airport staff member told the authority that Chick-fil-A has said it plans to open a second location in Latham by 2020.
I’m pretty sure the first rule of journalism is not to trust airport staff members for valid information. But we’re not journalists, we’re optimists, and if somebody affiliated with Chick-fil-A says Chick-fil-A is coming to Latham, who am I to argue?
It makes all the sense in the world. If the Capital Region’s first location behind a minimum $300 paywall is doing well, how the hell would a second location planted in the middle of the Suburban Mom Mall that is Latham Circle not thrive? Everyone here creams their jeans for Chick-fil-A, why? Because it’s untouchable. You have to go all the way to NYC or Chickopee Mass in order to get your hands in their famous chicken sammy. Now we have the convenience of buying a plane ticket to do so here in the Capital Region. But in Latham, or downtown Troy (my vote) would be much better.
I gotta say, the last time I flew from Albany International I got their chicken biscuit for breakfast which was suppose to be my 5AM saving grace and it was T-E-R-R-I-B-L-E. I couldn’t imagine any human finding joy in the same sandwich I reluctantly consumed. I’m going to give it the airport handicap and hope what I got isn’t their norm, their best. A dry biscuit paired with an undersized piece of dry chicken and absolutely nothing else. Maybe it was a rookie mistake for not asking for their signature sauce? Who knows. I just know if it comes to Latham, or (Troy,) I’ll give it a shot cause their real deal chicken sammy is still one the best in the biz.