San Antonio Airport may not eat “mother chikin”.
After more than a year back and forth, Chick-fil-A has reportedly decided not to open a location at San Antonio International Airport. The news comes after the state’s attorney general officially ruled that the fast food chain, despite efforts to block it from the city, would be offered a lease on the spot.
The restaurant announced Monday that it no longer plans to open a location at the airport, the Associated Press reports.
In a statement from the AP, a spokesman for Chick-fil-A said, “We are always evaluating potential new locations in hopes of serving existing and new customers good food with remarkable service. While we are not pursuing a location at San Antonio Airport at this time, we are grateful for the opportunity to serve San Antonians in our 32 existing restaurants. ”
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Fox News previously reported that Texas Attorney Ken Paxton announced that his office had been investigating a 2019 City Council decision to prevent the business from opening at the airport.
Paxton explained that “in San Antonio City Council decided in 2019 to exclude Chick-fil-A, a very well-run restaurant, one of the best restaurants in the country, from their airport based on their support from organizations like The Salvation Army, so we started our investigation. ”
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He said his office asked the Department of Transportation to investigate, and the result was that they recently came back with a letter to us … telling us … that now San Antonio was offering a lease to Chick-fil-A. “
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Paxton said the decision is “so important” because if “this was allowed to happen” in San Antonio, “then this could happen across the country, city council or other state entities could just decide that they did not like your personal views or whatever is related to your religious beliefs and prevents you from doing business. ”
Fox News’ Talia Kaplan contributed to this report.