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Toronto is getting a Chick-fil-A location in 2019

Many are excited about Chick-fil-A’s expansion into Canada. (Delish)

Controversial U.S. fast food chain Chick-fil-A is expanding its presence to north of the border.

In 2019, Toronto will be home to the first international location for the restaurant.

The company is currently looking for franchisees to open stores around the Greater Toronto Area, with plans to open 15 stores in the next five years. The company says it should be particularly enticing to small business owners because the cost for ownership is only $15,000. For comparison, you need to have a net worth of $500,000 and $100,000 in available funds to qualify for Tim Hortons ownership.

“Toronto is a great city – with diverse and caring people and a vibrant restaurant culture with a deep talent pool,” said Tim Tassopoulos, president and chief operating officer, Chick-fil-A in a press release. “These strengths align perfectly with Chick-fil-A’s focus on community giving, delivering a premium product, and working with passionate people that can grow with our company – making Toronto the perfect choice for international expansion.”

The chicken used in the restaurants will be Canadian sourced. The company uses chicken breast meat without filler.  It pressure cooks the food in refined peanut oil (which may be worrysome for the estimated 365,000 Canadians with a peanut allergy).

Devout fans of the chain have been asking for a location to come to Toronto for years.

But others aren’t so thrilled with the restaurant.

In 2012, the restaurant chain came under fire for donating money to organizations that oppose same-sex marriage. The company’s charity, the WinShape Foundation, was found to have donated millions to anti-LBGTQ organizations. Its former president, Dan Cathy, also made a comment speaking out strongly against gay marriage. Many people said they would boycott the chain, while others came out to a “Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day.”

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