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Chick-fil-A is set open with big give-away
By Staff Reports
Feb 10, 2014, 13:39

COLONIAL HEIGHTS ­— A new Chick-fil-A restaurant is set to open in the Southpark Mall area Thursday, Feb. 13.

The new location at 661 Southpark Blvd. is located in a section that was once part of the Wal-Mart parking lot. The new store is the second location in Colonial Heights, with the first opening inside Southpark Mall in 1989. This new location has created nearly 80 new jobs.

The new restaurant can seat 138 inside and 54 outside and has free wireless internet access. It has two lanes in the drive through and has a children’s play area. A new traffic light was also added at the Wal-Mart parking lot entrance on Southpark Boulevard.

With the opening Thursday morning, 100 adults will have a chance to win free Chick-fil-A meals for a year.

Chick-fil-A’s “First 100” event, which began as a way to celebrate the first stand-alone Chick-fil-A in Arizona in 2003, immediately became the cornerstone of every Chick-fil-A grand opening when the first person arrived more than 18 hours the day before, wondering where to get in line. Others soon followed and by the time the restaurant opened for business the next day, more than 100 were waiting.

Chick-fil-A quickly implemented the “First 100” at every grand opening and in the past 10 years has given away almost $21 million in free food at more than 750 grand openings.

The new Colonial Heights restaurant will be the scene of the latest Chick-fil-A grand opening celebration. The first 100 adults, ages 18 and older with identification, in line when the doors open around 6 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 13, each will win a one-year supply of free Chick-fil-A Meals (52 coupons with each consisting of a Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwich, medium Waffle Potato Fries and a medium drink) — a total of more than $30,000 in free food. The line officially opens at 6 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 12, and there will be food, music and entertainment for the campers.

The free meal cards being awarded Thursday, Feb. 13, around 6 a.m. and the restaurant will open for business immediately thereafter. If there are more than 100 people by 6 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 12, all 100 spots will be determined by a drawing held that morning with those selected needing to camp out to secure their spot.

In conjunction with the First 100 celebration, the Colonial Heights Chick-fil-A is partnering with Colonial Heights Food Pantry to host a food drive Wednesday, Feb. 12 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the new location. To thank those who donate a minimum of three food items for the food pantry, Operator Cole Jordan will be awarding a coupon for a free Chick-fil-A entrée (one coupon per person). Colonial Heights Food Pantry is a non-profit organization committed to alleviating hunger and developing collaborative strategies to encourage self-reliance and preserve human dignity.

Its new location marks the first of seven Chick-fil-A restaurants opening in Virginia this year, and includes another location in Chesterfield currently slated for April. They now have 108 locations in Virginia.

For more information on the Colonial Heights Chick-fil-A restaurant visit www.chick-fil-a.com/colonialheights.

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