ATLANTA-Quick-service chain Chick-fil-A is upping its expansion plans this year, with 90 new restaurants in the works, up from 73 new units in 2006. Most of the new stores will go into Arizona and California, two states where the chicken-sandwich-chain has ramped up in recent years.

Most of the new units, 70, will be in stand-alone locations. Five will go into malls, and 15 are opening in non-traditional venues such as college campuses and airports. The company currently operates about 1,300 units in 37 states.

Management of the privately-held company says sales last year hit just under $2.3 billion, a 15.2% increase from 2005, passing the $2 billion mark for the first time. Same-store sales in 2006 soared up just over 8.5% from the previous year.

Other than new store openings, management also attributes the boost in sales, in part, to the introduction of hand-spun milkshakes to restaurant menus. In the previous year, the company rolled out its first premium-coffee beverages.

The first Chick-fil-A opened in 1967 in Atlanta’s Greenbriar Mall. The chain’s locations have been closed on Sunday since the concept started, due to founder Truett Cathy’s religious beliefs.

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