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Chick-Fil-A Opens in Northridge

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Not wanting to be outdone by its neighbors to the south, the Valley community of Northridge saw the opening of its very own Chick-Fil-A this morning. The event came complete with a pop-up tent city, and loyal chicken-breast-lovers foaming at the mouth over the promise of their favorite fried food.

Like with the launch of the Hollywood location, the Daily News reports that the first 100 customers to show up to the Northridge restaurant were given a year's worth of weekly free combo meals. Tents full of people hoping to capitalize on the offer began going up in the chain's parking lot at 8875 Tampa Ave early yesterday morning.

Some tent residents were just in it for the love of chicken: "I like the original with the waffle fries and the Chick-fil-A sauce," Northridge resident Hannah Myers, 21, told the Daily News. "It's just totally awesome."

Others took it to a near-religious level of devotion:

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La Habra resident Monique Hampton, 36, has made it to 14 openings, scoring 728 free meals. She even held her wedding reception in 2009 at the La Habra Chick-fil-A. "Oh, my God, we love it so much," she said of the chain's food. "And they give back to the community. It's almost like `Cheers' to us."

The Northridge location is owned and operated by 25-year-old Mandy Coward, a Tennessee native who put herself through college working at a local Chick-Fil-A and has realized her dream of owning a restaurant with the opening of this shop.