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.