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New Chick-fil-A location coming soon to Hacienda

No drive-thru proposed when fast-food chain takes over old Sweet Tomatoes spot

This was the scene at Sweet Tomatoes in Hacienda soon after it closed for good in spring 2020. Chick-fil-A now plans to move into part of the building for its second eatery in Pleasanton. (Weekly file photo)

Chick-fil-A has signed the lease for a second location in Pleasanton, in the vacant restaurant space Sweet Tomatoes once occupied before the buffet chain went bankrupt early in the pandemic.

The fast-food restaurant, known for its chicken sandwiches, will take up half of the building located in the Hacienda Business Park at 4501 Hopyard Road.

James Paxson, general manager at Hacienda, told the Weekly that it will take up the half closest to the street and will not have any drive-thru like the other Chick-fil-A in Pleasanton, on Johnson Drive. Instead, he said it will be a walk-up restaurant with a special area designated for pickup and food delivery services.

"There's obviously a great deal of interest in the restaurant," Paxson said. "I mean, the current location is very, very popular, as you can see just from looking at the queue of cars that are going into their drive-thru over there."

Paxson said he's also excited to see more activity happening in the retail sector in Pleasanton, especially after businesses like Sweet Tomatoes shuttered for good right when the pandemic had first started.

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"The loss of Sweet Tomatoes was really significant. That was a very popular lunch spot and I think they had a great model. Obviously, it did not work," Paxson said. "We're very encouraged to see that there's good signs of retail activity in our current market and we think this will be a great addition to the restaurant lineup that we have at Hacienda."

He said he doesn't have any information about the timeline on construction but confirmed the restaurant has made the application with the city and has signed the lease for the location.

Chick-fil-A officials had not responded to a request for comment as of press time.

There are currently no plans for what will happen to the other half of the old Sweet Tomatoes building, according to Paxson.

The Hacienda restaurant marks the latest expansion in the Tri-Valley for Chick-fil-A, which also has one location due to open soon in Livermore and two others under consideration in Dublin.

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New Chick-fil-A location coming soon to Hacienda

No drive-thru proposed when fast-food chain takes over old Sweet Tomatoes spot

by / Pleasanton Weekly

Uploaded: Wed, Sep 7, 2022, 4:47 pm

Chick-fil-A has signed the lease for a second location in Pleasanton, in the vacant restaurant space Sweet Tomatoes once occupied before the buffet chain went bankrupt early in the pandemic.

The fast-food restaurant, known for its chicken sandwiches, will take up half of the building located in the Hacienda Business Park at 4501 Hopyard Road.

James Paxson, general manager at Hacienda, told the Weekly that it will take up the half closest to the street and will not have any drive-thru like the other Chick-fil-A in Pleasanton, on Johnson Drive. Instead, he said it will be a walk-up restaurant with a special area designated for pickup and food delivery services.

"There's obviously a great deal of interest in the restaurant," Paxson said. "I mean, the current location is very, very popular, as you can see just from looking at the queue of cars that are going into their drive-thru over there."

Paxson said he's also excited to see more activity happening in the retail sector in Pleasanton, especially after businesses like Sweet Tomatoes shuttered for good right when the pandemic had first started.

"The loss of Sweet Tomatoes was really significant. That was a very popular lunch spot and I think they had a great model. Obviously, it did not work," Paxson said. "We're very encouraged to see that there's good signs of retail activity in our current market and we think this will be a great addition to the restaurant lineup that we have at Hacienda."

He said he doesn't have any information about the timeline on construction but confirmed the restaurant has made the application with the city and has signed the lease for the location.

Chick-fil-A officials had not responded to a request for comment as of press time.

There are currently no plans for what will happen to the other half of the old Sweet Tomatoes building, according to Paxson.

The Hacienda restaurant marks the latest expansion in the Tri-Valley for Chick-fil-A, which also has one location due to open soon in Livermore and two others under consideration in Dublin.

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Jennifer Gerhardt/RN
Registered user
Danville
on Sep 8, 2022 at 8:39 am
Jennifer Gerhardt/RN, Danville
Registered user
on Sep 8, 2022 at 8:39 am

Salad buffet restaurants like Fresh Choice and Sweet Tomatos are doomed to failure because they are 'all you can eat' venues for $8.99 and the restaurant's food costs are multiplied with every additional/free serving at no profit.

Restaurants target a 10% food cost...in other words, an $8.99 meal should run them about $.90 at best.

Now picture a horde of customers with huge appetites who pay only $8.99 and consume several servings of salad, soup, pasta, desserts etc.

That is no way to stay in business regardless of a pandemic.


Julianne Masters
Registered user
another community
on Sep 9, 2022 at 9:07 am
Julianne Masters, another community
Registered user
on Sep 9, 2022 at 9:07 am

My in-laws mentioned that a proposed Chick-fil-A restaurant was denied a city business permit in Mountain View after some outraged residents complained about the company's stance against gay marriages.

Pleasanton apparently doesn't have this kind of controversy and unlike those in Mountain View, Hacienda locals will be able to enjoy a pretty good chicken sandwich.


Bob Taylor
Registered user
Walnut Creek
on Sep 9, 2022 at 11:08 am
Bob Taylor, Walnut Creek
Registered user
on Sep 9, 2022 at 11:08 am

If I'm in the mood for Chick-fil-A, anyone's approval (or disapproval) of gay marriages is irrelevant.

A chicken sandwich has absolutely nothing to do with the LGBTQ movement.


Esther Roberts
Registered user
Alamo
on Sep 10, 2022 at 2:00 pm
Esther Roberts, Alamo
Registered user
on Sep 10, 2022 at 2:00 pm

While gay marriages might be considered an abomination to some, it should not be a consideration when/if ordering a chicken sandwich.

Our relatives in Mountain View have to drive 15 miles to Redwood City if they are in the mood for a Chick-Fill-A sandwich and those unique french fries.

Fortunately Contra Costa and Alameda Counties are not bound by over-excessive progressive sensitivities.


Jennifer Tate
Registered user
Danville
on Sep 10, 2022 at 3:05 pm
Jennifer Tate, Danville
Registered user
on Sep 10, 2022 at 3:05 pm

Chick-Fill-A sandwiches are pretty good and if the CEO has reservations about gay marriages, he is entitled to his opinion.

"Don't ask, don't tell" is still the best route when.it comes to addressing LGBTQ issues.


Helen Calderon
Registered user
Walnut Creek
on Sep 10, 2022 at 4:16 pm
Helen Calderon, Walnut Creek
Registered user
on Sep 10, 2022 at 4:16 pm

Grilled Pollo Loco chicken is better than Chick-Fill-A offerings but only available by the bucket or in burritos.

KFC is still #1 in sales when it comes to chicken, not because it is great but probably because Colonel Sanders never said anything derogatory about gay marriages.


Pete Draper
Registered user
San Ramon
on Sep 10, 2022 at 4:32 pm
Pete Draper, San Ramon
Registered user
on Sep 10, 2022 at 4:32 pm

I like the Classic Chicken burrito at Pollo Loco. The regular chicken dinners are pretty good too as you also get a choice of two sides. All for under $10.00.


Pierce Clayton
Registered user
Danville
on Sep 13, 2022 at 8:35 am
Pierce Clayton, Danville
Registered user
on Sep 13, 2022 at 8:35 am

Chick-Fill-A has recently come under fire for a series of supposedly 'racist' comments from Tweeters acknowledging its introductory spicy chicken sandwich.

Someone wrote that members of a certain 'community' will love the flavor and seasonings and various responses followed.

Since when does a chicken sandwich become a symbol of bigotry?


Darin Lassiter
Registered user
another community
on Sep 13, 2022 at 3:26 pm
Darin Lassiter, another community
Registered user
on Sep 13, 2022 at 3:26 pm

> Since when does a chicken sandwich become a symbol of bigotry?

^ Reason...when people take offense over nothing.


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