There simply aren't enough chain restaurants in our area
Yes, pretty much every chain has made its way to our area. However, some continue to be a pipe dream. In fact, even though 'technically' we have a Chick-fil-A, you can't enjoy it unless you get passed security at Albany International Airport. That means you have to buy a plane ticket. Or drive to our closest location in Springfield, MA. That is likely to change as there are already plans for Chick-fil-A to expand in the Capital Region, hopefully in 2022.
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The Capital Region has more than it's fair share of chain restaurants. We have our McDonald's, Ihop, TGI Fridays, Applebees and Taco Bell. In fact there's been a steady increase of chains over the past decade or so with Sonic making its debut, a Chick-fil-A at the Albany International Airport, and the recently announced expansion of Popeyes.
If you need proof, just take a quick drive down Wolf Road in Colonie. Olive Garden, Cheesecake Factory, Chipotle, the 99 and just about everything else. Yet, there are some nationally popular chains that don't currently have a presence in the area.
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