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Chick-fil-A Just Announced Its First Four Restaurants in This State

After being absent all these years, the chain is finally setting up shop in the island state.
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Chick-fil-A is a ubiquitous fast-food option for most Americans. That's because the chain operates about 2,774 locations spread across the United States. While the greatest number of the chain's restaurants can be found in Texas (more than 450 units), there are a handful of states that still don't even have a single Chick-fil-A. But the company has just announced a major step toward closing that gap.

Currently, residents of Alaska, Hawaii, and Vermont are the only ones that can't enjoy the popular fried chicken on their home turf. But that's soon going to change for the Aloha State. According to a recent press release, Chick-fil-A is slated to open four restaurants in Hawaii within the next year. Two of the new Hawaiian Chick-fil-A restaurants will be in the state capital, Honolulu, a third will be located in Kapolei, west of Honolulu but also on the most populous island of Oahu, and the fourth on the island of Maui.

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Plans for Chick-fil-A's expansion into Hawaii were first introduced back in 2018, according to the Star Advertiser. It has taken the better part of four years for those plans to come to fruition, but the company now seems fully committed to its new marketplace. Chick-fil-A has stated its intention to add three more restaurants to its new Hawaiian territory within the next couple of years.

While Hawaii will now be off the list of states without a Chick-fil-A, it looks like the other holdout states won't be joining in on the hype any time soon. There are no plans to add a Chick-fil-A footprint to Alaska or Vermont, and in fact, many residents in the latter state are outspokenly opposed to the chain. (Vermont's sparse population is another main reason the chain has never entered the state.)

In Hawaii, Chick-fil-A will have a healthy share of competition: the island archipelago state has the highest per capita concentration of fast-food locations in America.

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Steven John
Steven John is a freelancer writer for Eat This, Not That! based just outside New York City. Read more