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Chick-fil-A opening could draw crowds

CRYSTAL LAKE – Many are expected to gather at 4812 Northwest Highway early Thursday for the opening of Crystal Lake’s first standalone Chick-fil-A.

Many will pack the parking lot to show support and possibly opposition for the once quietly Christian restaurant.

“By now, most people know that Chick-fil-A has Christian values,” said Andrew Gasser, Algonquin Township Republican committeeman. “They are closed on Sundays.”

The controversy over Chick-fil-A has stemmed from comments made by its president, Dan Cathy, about gay marriage.

The comments caused such a stir that former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee last week called for a Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day, which drew crowds of supporters to the restaurant.

A few days later, those upset about the comments staged “kiss-ins” at various Chick-fil-A restaurants.

Now with the ribbon-cutting ceremony and grand opening of a Chick-fil-A in Crystal Lake, one wonders what type of showing it will receive.

“I see both sides of the issue,” Gasser said. “People can say what they wanted to say, and if you want to have a boycott, then do it, and if you want to have an appreciation day, then do that.

“We are hoping to pack the parking lot and for people all down Route 14 to see us, and if people want to protest, that is perfectly fine. I respect that right, and I hope they will do so peacefully.”

The ribbon-cutting ceremony will begin at 9:30 a.m. Thursday and will be preceded by the “First 100 Celebration.”

The celebration is a tradition at each grand opening. The first 100 people in line receive free chicken sandwiches for a year, totaling 52 certificates.

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