Chick-fil-A Returns to Sunnyvale

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    People wait in line for hours, and in some cases - weeks, to be among the first customers served at the new Sunnyvale Chick-Fil-A location on El Camino Real in Sunnyvale.

    After a nearly 20-year hiatus, Chick-fil-A is returning to Sunnyvale.

    The first Bay Area Chick-fil-A location opened at the Sunnyvale Town Center in 1984. It closed in 1994. The new Chick-fil-A is less than a mile away at 550 W El Camino Real.

    Dozens of people have been camping out at the new spot this week ahead of Thursday's 6 a.m. opening.

    The first 100 people in line for the opening will get free chicken for a year. The coupon is worth about $350 and is for one meal a week.

    The Sunnyvale location is the eighth of nine new restaurants the chain plans to open in California this year.

    Chick-fil-A says each restaurant employes 60 to 100 people.

    Its founder Truett Cathy first began serving a pressured cooked breast-of-chicken sandwich on a buttered bun with two pickles in Hapeville, Ga., in 1946. The franchises are still serving that same sandwich today.