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Chick-fil-A opening in SJ brings fans and protest

Thursday, August 23, 2012
Chick-fil-A Dozens of fast food fans lined up in San Jose early Wednesday morning for the chance to win a years worth of free Chick-fil-A.

A new Chick-fil-A restaurant is now open in San Jose. There were 100 people camped out at the restaurant's parking lot overnight so they could be among the first to claim one year of free Chick-fil-A meals.

"I mean it's worth it. Obviously free food, but also to get something that feels like it's from home. I miss my southern cooking, I miss my sweet tea, I miss all that," said J.P. Flores of Santa Clara.

Among the campers was a couple with their three-month-old.

"We have a tent so I don't think there is any issue with the weather or anything," said San Jose resident Jeff Plaza.

"He sleeps through the night amazingly enough. He slept great, I didn't sleep that great," said San Jose resident Jenny Plaza.

Comments by the head of the restaurant chain against same-sex marriage created a national controversy last month. Before noon there were a couple of protesters in front of the restaurant and a bigger demonstration by same-sex marriage supporters has been planned for later this afternoon.

The Chick-fil-A restaurant in San Jose is located at 53 Headquarters Drive. Until now, the closest Chick-fil-A was in Fairfield. Another one will open in October in Walnut Creek.

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