SOURCE: Chick-fil-A

January 16, 2007 12:44 ET

Chick-fil-A Opening Greensburg's First Stand-Alone Restaurant Jan. 18

First 100 Adults in Line at New Chick-fil-A Restaurant in Greensburg to Win Free Chick-fil-A for a Year

GREENSBURG, PA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- January 16, 2007 -- Chick-fil-A franchise Operator Chuck Clark will celebrate 25 years with the chain by opening the city's first stand-alone Chick-fil-A restaurant on Jan. 18 and awarding $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 given away to each of the first 100 adults, age 18 and older with identification, at the new stand-alone restaurant at 5156 Route 30 in Eastgate Plaza Shopping Center. The line can begin forming up to 24 hours prior to the opening, with the prizes being awarded on Jan. 18 between 6 a.m. and 6:30 a.m. The restaurant will open immediately afterward.

"We've given away more than $4.7 million in free Chick-fil-A food since we launched the 'First 100 Fans' promotion in 2003 to celebrate each grand opening," said Chick-fil-A Inc. 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 year-round, all across the country."

With overnight campers often arriving as early 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, games, food and even a midnight Chick-fil-A Icedream® party. "It becomes a big overnight tailgating party," said Cathy, who has camped out at more than 60 grand openings.

The Chick-fil-A opening is the first of three planned for the market this year which will bring the total to 16 in the chain's Pittsburgh region. The growing customer base in the market has resulted in Chick-fil-A actively pursuing other locations in Pittsburgh that will hopefully culminate in additional stores over the next three to five years.

More than good food comes from Chick-fil-A as that's where Clark met his wife Charlene who supports him in the business by serving as his general manager. Clark's lengthy 25-year career with the chain includes winning the company's highest honor -- Symbol of Success -- in 1983 and growing his business to become one of the top producing mall locations.

A local graduate of Hempfield High School, Clark served in the military for 5 1/2 years prior to becoming a Chick-fil-A Operator in Greensburg. He will continue to operate the Westmoreland Mall location along with the new stand-alone.

"Our customers have patiently waited for a stand-alone location," said Clark. "I'm very excited to fulfill their requests by bringing Chick-fil-A's freshly prepared award-winning food and 'my pleasure' customer service to our community."

The interior warm colors and wood accents of the new Greensburg Chick-fil-A create a casual dining atmosphere that customers will appreciate, along with the conveniences of the award-winning drive-thru service. The restaurant is open Monday through Saturday from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.

QSR Magazine recently released its scores for the Best Drive-Thru in America Survey with the Chick-fil-A chain's overall composite scores placing it in the lead -- making it four out of the past five years that the chain has earned top rankings. Consumers indicated that accuracy and speed were some of the most important performance areas. Chick-fil-A was number one in the accuracy category with a 98 percent score; and despite Chick-fil-A adding four flavors of handspun milkshakes to its menu in May, the chain continued to show strong individual car speeds in the drive-thru with an average time of 44 seconds.

Chick-fil-A founder Truett Cathy marked several milestones in 2006, 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 two of Cathy's grandsons becoming restaurant Operators.

$2 Billion In Sales Reached

Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A, Inc., the nation's second-largest quick-service chicken restaurant chain (based on sales) reached $2 billion in sales in 2006 for the first time. Currently with more than 1,296 restaurants in 37 states and Washington D.C., the chain plans to add more than 85 locations this year, including 70 stand-alone restaurants.

Credited with inventing the boneless breast of chicken sandwich and first introducing the chicken nugget concept, Chick-fil-A serves nutritious and freshly prepared food products in mall locations, stand-alone restaurants, drive-thru-only restaurants, Chick-fil-A Dwarf House and Truett's Grill® full-service restaurants, and through licensed outlets in college campuses, hospitals, airports, businesses and industrial sites. Information about Chick-fil-A is available on the chain's websites, located at, or

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