ATLANTA – Chick-fil-A Inc. has captured approximately $1.5 billion in system-wide sales through June 2010. This total represents an overall 9.5% increase over the chain's sales performance for the first six months of 2009, and a same-store sales increase of 3.75%.

The company also recently celebrated the opening of its 1,500th restaurant and its first location in downtown Los Angeles. Located adjacent to the University of Southern California, the new restaurant is one of 78 locations the chain plans to open this year.

"The opening of the 1,500th restaurant and our company's continued expansion plans in urban areas truly demonstrate our steadfast vision for strategic growth in key markets around the country," said Dan Cathy, president and chief operating officer.

The company is also continuing its growth in the Midwest. Chick-fil-A will open its first three restaurants in Aurora, Orland Park and Wheaton, Ill., over the next three months and plans to increase its St. Louis presence in 2011.