SOURCE: Chick-fil-A

August 06, 2008 07:00 ET

New Stand-Alone Chick-fil-A Restaurant Opening in Macedonia Aug. 7

New Location to Give Away "Free Chick-fil-A for a Year" to First 100

MACEDONIA, OH--(Marketwire - August 6, 2008) - Chick-fil-A®, the nation's second-largest chicken restaurant chain, will reward those willing to wait in line for Chick-fil-A's newest stand-alone Chick-fil-A restaurant at 8213 Golden Link Blvd. in Macedonia on Aug. 7 by giving away $26,000 in free Chick-fil-A food to the first 100 adults in line that morning.

A one-year supply of free Chick-fil-A® Combo Meals (52 coupons) will be awarded to each of the first 100 adults, age 18 and older with identification, at the new stand-alone restaurant. The line can begin forming up to 24 hours prior to the opening, with the prizes being given away on Aug. 7 between 6 a.m. and 6:30 a.m. The restaurant will open thereafter.

"When we started the First 100 Fans promotion we were stunned when someone arrived 18 hours in advance and asked where he could wait in line," said Chick-fil-A, Inc. President Dan Cathy, who has camped out at dozens of openings. "Almost five years later, we've given away more than $7 million in free Chick-fil-A food across the country to raving fans who've braved snow, wind, rain and triple-digit temperatures to help us celebrate the opening of each new Chick-fil-A."

Chick-fil-A grand openings attract raving fans from around the country with some traveling many hours and hundreds of miles from several states away to take part in the festivities.

The new restaurant in Macedonia will be the fifth stand-alone Chick-fil-A in the Cleveland area -- one additional location is scheduled to open in Mentor this month. The new 4,227-square-foot restaurant seats more than 134 and will create approximately 55 new jobs. The restaurant features warm colors and wood accents as well as an indoor play area for children, which includes an interactive section for toddlers.

Dan Stanko has been selected as franchised Operator of the new Chick-fil-A. Stanko has operated the Chick-fil-A at Westfield Shoppingtown Southpark for two years and will relocate to operate the new Macedonia restaurant. He and his wife, Annette, are eager to bring Chick-fil-A to the Macedonia community.

With this year forecasted to be the chain's most aggressive product rollout period in Chick-fil-A history, the new Macedonia Chick-fil-A restaurant will offer several new menu enhancements.

These include a new Chick-fil-A® Chargrilled Chicken & Fruit Salad with Harvest Nut Granola topping and a new Chick-fil-A Chick-n-Strips® Salad with strips that are 50 percent larger than the previous offering. Chick-fil-A® Chicken Salad Sandwich also has undergone a makeover and is now served on new premium wheatberry bread with leaf lettuce. The chain's Cool Wraps selections now come in a new multi-grain flatbread.

The new restaurant is open Monday through Saturday from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., serving a full breakfast menu until 10:30 a.m.

About Chick-fil-A Inc.

Truett Cathy developed the original Chick-fil-A boneless breast of chicken sandwich in his 24-hour Dwarf House® diner near Atlanta in the early 1960s, opening his first Chick-fil-A restaurant in Atlanta's Greenbriar Mall in 1967. The chain has grown to nearly 1,400 locations in 37 states and Washington, D.C. Chick-fil-A, Inc. reached more than $2.64 billion in sales in 2007. This resulted in a 16.09 percent increase over the chain's 2006 performance and included an 8.47 percent same-store sales increase. It is the 40th consecutive year of sales growth for the chain which plans to add 88 locations this year, including 70 stand-alone restaurants. Information about Chick-fil-A is available on the chain's websites, located at www.chick-fil-a.com or www.truettcathy.com

Contact Information

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    Chick-fil-A, Inc.
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