Chick-fil-A, the famed Atlanta-based fast food restaurant that specializes in all things chicken, will celebrate the grand opening of two new long-awaited locations on Long Island next week, the company announced.

The new locations in Hicksville and Commack will open their doors Thursday at 6:30 a.m. Fast food revelers will also have the opportunity to participate in Chick-fil-A’s “First 100” campaign, which culminates in a grand prize of one free Chick-fil-A meal every week for the entire year. (That’s 52 meals, folks.)

Chick-fil-A, which already enjoys support from a rabid fan base, will have three Long Island locations in total, including its Port Jefferson restaurant, which opened last year.

About 100 people camped outside of the Port Jefferson Chick-fil-A on its opening day last October, erecting tents and sharing stories with other fans about their obsession with the fast food giant.

Those seeking to grab a chicken sandwich at one of the two new locations next Thursday should expect similar crowds.

Chick-fil-A met resistance from LGBT groups when it first announced plans to spread its chicken empire to Long Island. The restaurant has been criticized for controversial donations its CEO has made to anti-gay groups and for the executive’s opposition to same-sex marriage. Despite the criticism, the Town of Brookhaven went ahead and approved the build and towns to their west have done the same.

Campers waited for 24 hours to be the first on line at the first Long Island Chick-fil-A (Photo by Katie Chuber)
Campers waited for 24 hours to be the first on line at the first Long Island Chick-fil-A (Photo by Katie Chuber)

The Hicksville Chick-fil-A has a prime spot outside of the Broadway Mall. The Commack spot is located along Commack Road, just north of the Long Island Expressway.

Those brave souls interested in winning free meals for the year must have a valid state-issued ID and must be 18 years or older. For more official rules, check out Chick-fil-A’s contest page.

Chick-fil-A is open from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. As is customary, the restaurants are closed on Sunday.

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