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Chick-fil-A Is Invading Michigan

The company plans to develop up to 20 locations over the next five years

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Brenna Houck is a Cities Manager for the Eater network. She previously edited Eater Detroit and reported for Eater. You can follow her on the internet at @brennahouck.

Fast-food chicken sandwich empire Chick-fil-A is expanding its footprint in Michigan. The company announced on Wednesday that it plans to open between 15 and 20 locations in the state over the next five years, according to MLive.

The chain already operates outposts in the McNamara terminal at Detroit Metropolitan Airport and on Oakland University's campus, but will break ground on its first ever free-standing location in the state on April 19 in Lansing. Another location is planned for the Somerset Collection in Troy this year, while Grand Rapids and Gaines Township are also slated to receive Chick-fil-A restaurants. The company is eyeing Metro Detroit, Kalamazoo, Grand Rapids, and Lansing for further expansions with the goal of opening three to four restaurants per year.

The Atlanta-based fast-food company has embarked on a major expansion kick over the past few years, forging into the Pacific Northwest and New York. Fans went nuts when Chick-fil-A debuted its first outpost in New York City last fall and now the religiously conservative chain is aiming to open more than 12 locations in the city.