Albany goes nuts for another chain store. Man, we’re so deprived.

You would think that the Capital District was some sort of backwoods hick region, the way the populace gets so excited about the arrival of a chain store in the area. A few years ago, someone installed a Trader Joe’s on Wolf Road and people lost their shit. Then after that, we got a Sonic restaurant, and you would have thought Taylor Swift was holding a free concert on Troy-Schenectady Road with all the traffic there.

Now comes news that the Capital District is about to get its first standalone Chick-fil-A eatery. Yeah, there’s one at the airport, but you can’t even eat there unless you buy a plane ticket first. So that one doesn’t count. But there’s interest in bringing a Cick-fil-A to Clifton Park.

Now, the minute there’s news like this, two things come to mind. Chick-fil-A has its fans, who claim that chicken served from that restaurant is the best food they’ve ever consumed. And there are Chick-fil-A’s detractors, who note that the ownership donates tons of cash to organizations that denounce LGBTQIA in this country.

Well, for me, there’s a third topic for discussion.

Why do we need another fried chicken restaurant in the area? No, seriously, why do we need one?

Can one not get a decent chicken sandwich from Popeye’s?

Did KFC change their name to KF and stop selling chicken?

Is there not a plethora of tasty mom and pop chicken restaurants in the South End and on Central Avenue, with tasty, juicy fried chicken at the ready?

I mean, seriously, is there such a demand for fried chicken that we even NEED Chick-fil-A in this neighborhood?

Or is it just, “I want one here because everyone else has a Chick-fil-A and we don’t?”

Meh. If you’re really desperate for a chain restaurant to set up shop in the Capital District, then let’s get some White Castle here. Or maybe even an In-and-Out Burger. Or until those arrive, hey, here’s a novel idea, WHY NOT JUST SUPPORT THE INDIVIDUALLY OWNED CHICKEN PLACES IN THE AREA, instead of dumping your money into an organization that wouldn’t serve you a chicken sandie if they thought you were gay?

Then there are the people who cry and moan, “Oh, why can’t we get a Wawa convenience store in the area?” Dude, you’ve got Stewarts, which is 15 times better than any old Wawa. And now we’ve got 7-Eleven stores in the area, so you can get your Slurpee fix if you want to.

And don’t even get me started with those Wegmans stans. It’s a grocery store. Just like Hannaford and Price Chopper and all the rest of them. They don’t serve 15 eggs to a dozen, they don’t have chicken with extra drumsticks, it’s just a grocery store.

I know, I know. I don’t need a Chick-fil-A in the area. But that’s only because they don’t bring anything to the table that I can’t get from Colonel Sanders or from Popeye Doyle.

Your mileage may vary, but that’s your choice.

And if I’m that desperate for a Chick-fil-A sandwich … I’ll rationalize it by buying a plane ticket and eating the food at the airport. So there.