No, Chick-fil-A is not coming to Cortland: See where else in the US got hoaxed

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A phony Facebook page duped many into thinking a new Chick-fil-A restaurant was coming to Cortland.

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Local reactions were both shaken and stirred. (Ba Dum Tss)

The sham account, which has since been deleted, was created to appear like an official site by using a company logo and linking itself directly with Chick-fil-A headquarters in Atlanta, GA.

Thousands of online followers flocked in to engage about the news in just a few days.

But the hype was all for not. Prior to going dark, the page posted once more on April 5:

Little late for an April Fools joke, don’t ya think?

Efforts to build this prank were clearly thorough and unique, but similar ploys involving bogus Chik-fil-A store openings have surfaced in at least three other U.S. communities over the past few years.

Joining Cortland in that group: Two cities in Indiana — Greenfield and Warsaw — along with Hobbs, New Mexico.

Chick-fil-A opened its first four Upstate NY locations in the Buffalo, Plattsburgh, Rochester and Syracuse areas in 2018/2019.

WXHC has reached out to corporate for an official statement on this matter.

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