SOURCE: Chick-fil-A

February 01, 2006 04:00 ET

Raleigh-Durham's Newest Chick-fil-A Restaurant Opening Feb. 2; First 100 Adults in Line to Win Free Chick-fil-A Food for a Year

RALEIGH-DURHAM, NC -- (MARKET WIRE) -- February 1, 2006 -- Chick-fil-A, Inc., celebrating several milestones this year including the 20th anniversary of its first free-standing restaurant, will open its newest Raleigh restaurant on Feb. 2, giving away $26,000 in free Chick-fil-A within the first 15 minutes of business.

A one-year supply of free Chick-fil-A Combo Meals (52 coupons) will be given away to the first 100 adults, age 18 and older with identification, in line by 6 a.m. at the new free-standing restaurant at 8901 Brier Creek Parkway on Feb. 2. The line can begin forming up to 24 hours prior to the opening, with the prizes being awarded on Thursday, Feb. 2, between 6 a.m. and 6:30 a.m. The restaurant will open for business at 6:30 a.m.

"We've given away more than $3 million in free Chick-fil-A since we launched the 'First 100 Fans' promotion in 2003 to celebrate each grand opening," said Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy, son of the chain's founder Truett Cathy. "It's our way of thanking our raving fans who have supported Chick-fil-A and who continue to show their devotion by camping out in all kinds of weather conditions."

With campers often arriving as many as 24 hours in advance and coming from hours away, the parking lot fills with tents, lawn chairs, and TVs while the crowd enjoys entertainment, food and even a midnight Ice Dream party. "It becomes a big overnight tailgating party," said Cathy, who has camped out at more than 50 openings.

Veteran Chick-fil-A Operator Mike Lawson has been selected to Operate the new Brier Creek Parkway location, continuing his family's strong ties to Chick-fil-A in the market. His daughter, Ashlee Lawson, operates an inline Chick-fil-A restaurant in the North Hills area of Raleigh while his son, Michael Lawson, opened a free-standing restaurant in Fuquay-Varina last year. Mike Lawson, a Chick-fil-A Operator since 1975, is relocating from the free-standing Chick-fil-A restaurant at Falls Village. He and his wife, Barbara, have another daughter, Amy, who works in sales.

Chick-fil-A founder Truett Cathy is marking several milestones this year including the 60th year anniversary of the opening of his first restaurant, the Dwarf Grill in Hapeville, Ga., from which the Chick-fil-A chain was launched. Also, the third generation entered the Chick-fil-A business with Cathy's grandson becoming an Operator in Florida.

Chick-fil-A is the nation's second-largest quick-service chicken restaurant chain with more than 1,241 restaurants in 38 states and Washington D.C. The chain expects to add more than 72 locations in 2006, including 61 free-standing restaurants. For more information, visit www.chick-fil-a.com or www.chick-fil-apressroom.com.

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    Jerry Johnston
    Chick-fil-A, Inc.
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    CP Communications Inc.
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