LA QUINTA, CA — The La Quinta city council approved a mixed-use development parcel map this week that includes plans for a Quick Quack car wash and a much anticipated Chick-fil-A restaurant at the northeast corner of Highway 111 and Dune Palms Road.

Currently, the area is vacant, according to a city staff report. Improvements to the property would be made by both Chick-fil-A and Quick Quack Car Wash under the proposal. The project still requires planning, design and conditional use permit approval before the new commercial center can be built.

The proposed Chick-fil-A would include quick service drive-through lanes and a mobile order pickup lane that will provide stacking for up to 51 cars, according to the Planning Commission documents. It would have a contemporary Spanish-style white stucco and tile roof exterior and feature umbrellas and tables for outdoor dining and typical desert-style landscaping along the Highway 111 sidewalk.

If approved, this will be the second Chick-fil-A in Coachella Valley, with a Palm Desert location that opened just over one year ago.

The popular chicken restaurant, which operates over 2,800 restaurants across North America, is expanding globally, including five stores planned for the United Kingdom. If approved, the La Quinta restaurant would bring job opportunities to the Coachella Valley. As with other Chick-fil-A franchises, it will be closed on Sundays.

Each time a Chik-fil-A opens, the chain donates $25,000 to a local non-profit organization that reduces hunger in communities. It is not yet known which charity the franchise would select in La Quinta.

The proposed Quick Quack Car Wash at the shopping center will also feature the Spanish-style white stucco building with a tile roof. The proposal includes a car wash tunnel with vacuum and drying areas on the east side of the site. The proposal includes landscaping in keeping with the La Quinta area along Highway 111 and Dune Palms Roadways, according to city staff.

The passage of the parcel map was in the La Quinta City Council’s consent calendar approval, where one community member’s written statement of disapproval of hosting more fast-food restaurants along Highway 111 was acknowledged.

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