SOURCE: Chick-fil-A

November 29, 2006 07:00 ET

Delaware County's First Stand-Alone Chick-fil-A Restaurant Opening Nov. 30; First 100 Adults in Line to Receive Free Chick-fil-A Food for a Year

Springfield Location Is Fourth of Five Chick-fil-A Restaurants to Open in Metro-Area This Year

SPRINGFIELD, PA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- November 29, 2006 -- Chick-fil-A, Inc. is opening Delaware County's first stand-alone Chick-fil-A restaurant in Springfield at 805 Baltimore Pike on Nov. 30 when they will give away $26,000 in free Chick-fil-A food to the first 100 adults in line at the new location.

Chick-fil-A will award a one-year supply of free Chick-fil-A® Combo Meals (52 coupons) to 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 awarded on Thursday, Nov. 30 between 6 a.m. and 6:30 a.m. The restaurant will open for business at 6:30 a.m.

"We have given away more than $4.2 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."

Gene Ontjes has been selected as franchised Operator of the new stand-alone restaurant in Springfield. He operates both the Chick-fil-A restaurant at Concord Mall and at Granite Run Mall, which he will continue to operate along with the new location. A Villanova University graduate, Ontjes began his career with Chick-fil-A in 1974 -- only seven years after the first Chick-fil-A restaurant opened in Atlanta -- and was personally recruited by Truett Cathy. Ontjes and his wife, Regina, have two sons, both of whom worked for Chick-fil-A and received Chick-fil-A scholarships.

"We have raised our family and been part of the Springfield community for more than 30 years," said Ontjes. "We look forward to opening this new stand-alone Chick-fil-A restaurant by providing our loyal customers with award-winning, freshly prepared food delivered with the 'my pleasure' customer service not only for lunch and dinner, but now also for breakfast."

The new location in Springfield marks the fourth stand-alone Chick-fil-A restaurant to open in the metro-Philadelphia area this year. A fifth location is scheduled to open in Langhorne in December.

The restaurant is open Monday through Saturday from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. The new Chick-fil-A restaurant features warm interior colors, wood accents that create a casual dining atmosphere along with the convenience of a drive-thru.

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 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. He is credited with inventing the boneless breast of chicken sandwich, introducing chicken nuggets and helping to pioneer in-mall food courts.

About Chick-fil-A, Inc.

Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A, Inc., the nation's second-largest quick-service chicken restaurant chain (based on sales), reached $2 billion in sales this week for the first time. Currently with more than 1,280 restaurants in 37 states and Washington D.C., the company reported 2005 system-wide sales of more than $1.975 billion, resulting in a 13.1 percent increase over 2004 and a positive 5.87 percent same-store sales performance. The chain will add more than 72 locations in 2006, including 63 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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