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Shoppers can fill up on hand-breaded chicken and fresh-squeezed lemonade this fall at a new Chick-fil-A, which is preparing to open inside the Somerset Collection in Troy.

The chain, located in the food court, will employ more than 50 local people, who will be paid above minimum wage, according to press release launched this week by the company. The store is scheduled to open near the end of October.

Potential employees can apply at cfatroycareers.com.

The Somerset location is part of a state-wide expansion for the fast food chicken chain. Earlier this week the company broke ground outside of Grand Rapids on a location in Gaines Township. That location is expected to open in early 2017, following the debut of a free-standing Lansing restaurant.

More stand-along restaurants are being planned for Okemos, Wyoming and Portage to open in early 2017 and a second Grand Rapids-area Chick-fil-A toward the end of next year.

Around 15-20 Chick-fil-A restaurants are planned from the Lansing, Grand Rapids and Detroit areas over the next five years.

Chick-fil-A was founded in Atlanta in 1964. It has received accolades for customer service and treating employees well, but has also gotten criticism in the past over donations made to an organization that opposes same-sex marriage.

By 2019 the chain, which pressure cooks its chicken in 100 percent refined peanut oil, plans to only serve chicken raised without antibiotics.

mbaetens@detroitnews.com

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Twitter: @melodybaetens

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