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Raising Cane’s to Spice Up Competition

A fast-rising national player in the game of fast-food chicken, Louisiana-based Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers, is about to make its first local arrival in the city of Santee.

A company spokesman said Raising Cane’s plans a first-quarter 2018 opening for the restaurant now under construction at 8867 Cuyamaca St., which will employ between 100 and 115. The company plans to build “numerous new Cane’s in San Diego County over the next several years,” though other locations have not been announced.

The Santee restaurant will be the eighth in California and the very first in the nation with a double drive-through, company officials said. According to the industry publication Nation’s Restaurant News (NRN), the Baton Rouge-headquartered Raising Cane’s saw sales rise nearly 26 percent in 2016, making it the nation’s fastest-growing restaurant chain by sales.

Started in 1996 by Todd Graves, Raising Cane’s has made its reputation on fried chicken fingers dipped in secret-recipe sauces.

It was primarily a Louisiana and Texas chain for much of its history, but has lately been expanding both eastward and westward via franchising.

While it hasn’t reached nearly the size of established chicken rivals KFC and Chick-fil-A, it now has 325 locations nationwide, including nearly 60 that opened just in the past year, according to NRN.

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