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Chick-fil-A Coming to Westwood Village

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A Chick-fil-A will replace the Burger King restaurant on Westwood Boulevard in March, The Daily Bruin reports.

The Atlanta-based fast food chain has signed a lease for a space in the building on the corner of Westwood Boulevard and Le Conte Avenue. The university bought the building at 900 Westwood Boulevard in June for $72 million, according to The Daily Bruin.

Chick-fil-A made headlines last month when Dan Cathy, the chain's president, publicly expressed opposition on same-sex marriage.

Steve Ritea, a UCLA spokesman, told The Daily Bruin the university does not support Cathy's statements. The lease was signed with the building's previous owner at the end of April — two months before UCLA purchased the building and about three months before Cathy's comments went viral.

"While UCLA does not support the recent statements by Chick-fil-A's CEO, we cannot legally discriminate based on one's point of view," a statement from UCLA said. "UCLA is dedicated to respecting everyone's right to free speech in order to preserve the free and open exchange of ideas on campus. With that in mind, we recognize that members of the community may express their opinions regarding the Chick-fil-A CEO's statements, and we fully respect their right to do so publicly."

Do you think Chick-fil-A is a good fit for Westwood Village? Vote in the poll below and leave your comments too.

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Melissa R. August 07, 2012 at 06:44 PM
I think that the students of UCLA should follow the lead of what students at the University of Texas did at the Chic-fil-A on their campus. They held a "same-sex kiss-in" right inside of the restaurant last Friday! The Austin Chronicle featured the event in their weekend calendar of events in Thursday's issue. In addition, they advised attendees to "bring a buddy or 12" and make a purchase. This type of activity would send a clear message to Dan Cathy!
steve w August 08, 2012 at 01:39 AM
Hate leaves a bad taste in my mouth. I won't be giving them any of my money,
Bob August 15, 2012 at 06:48 AM
Are they hurting anyone? No. They are simply serving delicious chicken with a friendly face. This is a great fit for Westwood Village.
Will August 15, 2012 at 06:49 AM
Are they hurting anyone? No. They are simply serving delicious chicken with a friendly face. This is a great fit for Westwood Village.
Joe Smithee November 11, 2012 at 09:24 PM
Yes they are hurting many people with their well documented funding of hate groups. While they have backed off on that to a degree it is only because they were losing money. Once again demonstrating evanelical hypocrasy of my money is more important than my religon.

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