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Crowds line up for Chick-fil-A opening

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The first 100 filter into Chick-fil-A's new North Haven location. (WFSB photo) The first 100 filter into Chick-fil-A's new North Haven location. (WFSB photo)

A tent city sprouted up in North Haven Wednesday morning as crowds waited for the opening of Connecticut's latest Chick-Fil-A restaurant.

The first 100 people in line received free Chick-Fil-A combos and a chance to be first inside the new facility.

The free meals for a year prize consists of 52 Chick-fil-A chicken sandwiches, medium waffle potato fries and medium drinks.

The restaurant opened at 6 a.m. and some people have waited an entire day. 

It's the state's fifth Chick-fil-A location.

"You see some of the same people," said David Vincent of Meriden. "I know a lot of these people were at the Wallingford and even a couple of us were at the Enfield opening."

With it came 100 new jobs.

Franchise owner Sarah Gaudiano said she would host an overnight party a few hours before the opening. It's open to guests who live in zip codes surrounding the location.

"My team members and I can't wait to welcome our guests to our community's first Chick-fil-A restaurant," Gaudiano said. "We're not just in the chicken business - we're in the people business. Our goal is to provide a remarkable experience for every customer, every time, by serving food our guests can truly feel good about eating, providing sincere hospitality and to be a good neighbor to North Haven and the surrounding communities."

Some die-hards claim the food is worth the wait.

"Well I really like chicken. I really like their barbecue sauce. Their waffle fries, you can't mess with. Their lemonade is on point," said Bill Henry of Milford.

Chick-fil-A's other Connecticut locations include Brookfield, Enfield, Wallingford and Danbury.

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