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Chick-fil-A opens first restaurant in Queens on Sept. 1

ELMHURST, Queens —  Popular fast food chain Chick-fil-A is continuing to expand in the city — and now has opened in Queens.

Chick-fil-A opened a location in Queens Center Mall on Sept. 1 (NYC Subway Rider/Flickr via Creative Commons)

Chick-fil-A opened a location in Queens Center Mall on Sept. 1. (NYC Subway Rider/Flickr via Creative Commons)

The location at the Queens Center Mall opened Sept. 1, joining the three storefronts that have popped up in Manhattan since October 2015.

Employees celebrated the opening with Chick-fil-A’s First 100 promotion, which rewards the first 100 residents who showed up to the grand opening with a free meal at the restaurant each week for a year. The promotion started Wednesday evening at the mall, preceded with Chick-fil-A fans camping out to try to score the prize.

The fast food chicken sandwich chain first opened in Georgia in 1946 and has since expanded to more than 2,000 locations in more than 40 states. Chick-fil-A reported that its sales exceeded $6 billion in 2015.

However in recent years, Chick-fil-A has been enbroiled in controversy following comments in 2012 from company president Dan Cathy that the chain opposed same-sex marriage.

New York Councilman Daniel Dromm spoke out against Chick-fil-A after it announced in May it was opening at the Queens mall, which falls inside the district he represents.

“Chick-fil-A is anti-LGBT,” Dromm said in a statement. “I am deeply disturbed that Chick-fil-A continues to give 25 percent of their charitable contributions to anti-LGBT organizations, including over $1 million to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.”