SOURCE: Chick-fil-A

December 12, 2007 08:00 ET

First Stand-Alone Chick-fil-A Restaurant in Meridian Opening Dec. 13

First 100 Adults in Line at New Location Receive Free Chick-fil-A for a Year

MERIDIAN, MS--(Marketwire - December 12, 2007) - Chick-fil-A will open its first stand-alone restaurant in Meridian at 109 S. Frontage Rd. at Meridian Crossroads on Dec. 13, 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 Dec. 13 between 6 a.m. and 6:30 a.m. The restaurant will open immediately afterward.

"Chick-fil-A's raving fans have turned our grand openings into overnight tailgate parties, often arriving 24 hours in advance with tents, TVs, sleeping bags, games, computers and other gear to spend the night," said Chick-fil-A Inc. President Dan Cathy, son of chain founder Truett Cathy.

"When we started the First 100 Fans promotion in 2003, we never could have imagined we'd give away nearly $6 million in free food to raving fans who have camped out in all kinds of weather conditions to win free Chick-fil-A for a year," said Cathy, who regularly attends and camps out overnight in the parking lots.

Raving fans are after the original Chick-fil-A boneless breast of chicken sandwich, which Truett Cathy invented in his 24-hour Dwarf Grill® diner near Atlanta in the early 1960s. The sandwich, with its signature pickle slices, became so popular that Cathy opened his first Chick-fil-A restaurant in Atlanta's Greenbriar Mall in 1967. The opening launched Chick-fil-A, today the second-largest chicken restaurant chain in the country with more than 1,350 locations in 37 states and Washington, D.C.

Brian Russell has been selected as franchised Operator of the new restaurant in Meridian. Russell has operated the Chick-fil-A restaurant at Bonita Lakes Mall for nearly five years and will relocate to operate the new Meridian Crossroads location.

"I have had the honor of serving Meridian residents award-winning freshly prepared food and providing 'my pleasure' customer service since January of 2003," said Russell. "My team looks forward to continuing that tradition at our new location."

Chick-fil-A customers will dine in a 3,921-square-foot interior that seats 104 and features warm colors and wood accents, an indoor playground as well as a drive-thru. The award-winning drive-thru service offers a convenient way for Chick-fil-A customers to get their freshly prepared food on the go. 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.

Consumers, who recently participated in Zagat's first fast food survey, scored Chick-fil-A the highest in the chicken restaurant category and also in the service category. QSR® magazine released its 2007 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 six consecutive years that the chain has earned top rankings.

Chick-fil-A founder Truett Cathy marked several milestones in 2006, including the 60th anniversary of the opening of his first restaurant, the Dwarf Grill in Hapeville, Ga. Also, the third generation entered the Chick-fil-A business with two Cathy grandsons becoming restaurant Operators.

About Chick-fil-A Inc.

Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A Inc. is the nation's second-largest quick-service chicken restaurant chain (based on sales). In 2006, Chick-fil-A produced record sales of $2.275 billion -- a 15.16 percent overall increase and an 8.52 percent same-store sales gain that helped extend the chain's streak of consecutive sales gains to 39 years.

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. More information about Chick-fil-A is available on the chain's websites, located at, or

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