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Mark Lennihan, Associated Press
People look at a costumed Chick-fil-A cow in the window of a new Chick-fil-A restaurant, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015 in New York. The Atlanta-based privately held franchise company has more than 1900 restaurants in 41 states and Washington, D.C. The New York franchise, located a few blocks from Times Square, opens Saturday, Oct. 3, marking its push to become a bigger national player.

NEW YORK — Chick-fil-A is opening an outpost in New York City on Saturday, marking a high-profile milestone in its push to become a bigger national player.

The Atlanta-based chain known for its fried chicken sandwiches with pickles has been stepping up its expansion and now has more than 1,900 stores in 42 states, although its heaviest presence is in the South.

By comparison, McDonald's has more than 14,300 locations, and KFC more than 4,300.

For those in areas where Chick-fil-A doesn't have stores, the chain may be better known for the Christian beliefs of its founder Truett Cathy than for its sweet tea and waffle fries.