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Chick-Fil-A to open first Upstate NY restaurant in February

CICERO, N.Y. - Central New Yorkers are clucking with excitement as they get ready to welcome the first Chik-Fil-A to Upstate.

Chik-Fil-A is opening its first Upstate New York restaurant in February near Syracuse.

Our sister station, WSYR, caught up with the franchise owner, Jimmer Szatkowski who used to work for IBM in North Carolina.

Construction is well underway in the Town of Cicero where the store is expected to employ around 100 people.

The chain claims that it originated the chicken sandwich in 1964, but it's more commonly known for being closed on Sundays.

Szatowski says the fast food chain has quite the cult following.

"The three things I'd point out about Chik-Fil-A are this: The food is awesome, the service is incredible and the impact that we're going to have on this community is going to be incredible.  We're going to change the lives of people in this community," said Szatkowski.

Szatowski is expecting big crowds when the restaurant opens, but says employees will handle the demand by utilizing iPads to ring out customers and employees will also take orders from outside.

Chik-Fil-A may be eyeing a location to open a restaurant in Vestal, according to Town Supervisor John Schaffer.

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