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Chick-fil-A opens 2 stores in Michigan next month

Melody Baetens
The Detroit News

A stand-alone location at 5617 W. Saginaw Highway in Lansing will open at 6 a.m., followed by a Somerset Collection Chick-fil-A at 10 a.m. in Troy on Oct. 13.

At both locations, the first 100 people in line will receive a free chicken sandwich combo meal each week for a year. Winners must live near the restaurant.

These restaurants are part of a statewide expansion for the fast food chicken chain. In August the company broke ground outside of Grand Rapids on a location in Gaines Township, expected to open in early 2017.

Around 15 to 20 Chick-fil-A restaurants are planned from the Lansing, Grand Rapids and Detroit areas over the next five years. Early 2017 will see locations in Okemos, Wyoming and Portage.

Chick-fil-A was founded in Atlanta in 1964. It has received accolades for customer service and treating employees well (they get college assistance and guaranteed Sundays off), 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.

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