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Developer claims Wegmans ‘kills Chick-fil-A site’ in Brighton

The developer of the Whole Foods Center in Brighton said Thursday plans to put a Chick-fil-A restaurant there are unlikely.

Danny Daniele said he had been working with representatives from Chick-fil-A Inc. for a restaurant, but he believes traffic concerns in the area voiced by Wegmans Food Markets Inc. would make getting the town approvals and permits for the restaurant too difficult. 
“Given the roadblocks in Brighton, Chick-fil-A will probably just stick with opening new stores in Greece and Henrietta,” Daniele said in a statement. 
Wegmans spokeswoman Jo Natale issued the following statement: “We sent a letter to the Town of Brighton in May 2016 to share our concerns about traffic …. period. Why the developer, eight months later, would single out Wegmans when hundreds of residents and other businesses have been expressing these same concerns is perplexing.” 
The Daniele family has proposed a luxury retail center at the site off of Monroe Avenue that would include a Whole Food Inc. grocery store. 
The proposal has met with mixed public result and is still going through the approval process. 
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  1. We will take a Chick-Fil-A here in Bergen/Batavia region
    if they keep blocking you.

  2. Daniele knew his dream center far exceeded the existing zoning. He chose to close his restaurant, buy and close Clover Lanes before variances were granted. He made a number of poor business decisions, accepts no responsibility and now blames Wegmans?

  3. Daniele is such a whiner. Boo hoo, big bad Wegmans is killing his dreams. Take accountability for a bad idea. Another grocery store on Monroe Avenue is a horrible idea. We don’t need it and it shouldn’t be approved. He should have kept the restaurant and bowling alley. Those will be missed.


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