SOURCE: Chick-fil-A

February 08, 2006 07:00 ET

McDonough's Newest Chick-fil-A Restaurant Opening Feb 9; First 100 Adults in Line to Win Free Chick-fil-A Food for a Year

Chick-fil-A President to Help Give Away More Than $26,000 in Free Food in 15 Minutes

MCDONOUGH, GA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- February 8, 2006 -- Chick-fil-A, Inc., celebrating several milestones this year including the 20th anniversary of its first free-standing restaurant, will open its newest McDonough restaurant on Feb. 9, giving away $26,000 in free Chick-fil-A food.

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 5:30 a.m. at the new free-standing restaurant at 1321 Hwy. 20 W. on Feb. 9. The line can begin forming up to 24 hours prior to the opening, with the prizes being awarded on Thursday, Feb. 9 between 6:00 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 much as 24 hours in advance and coming from hours away, the parking lot fills with tents, lawn chairs, TVs and games while the crowd enjoys entertainment, games, food and even a midnight Icedream® party. "It becomes a big overnight tailgating party," said Cathy, who has camped out at more than 50 of the openings.

Cindy Wilson has been selected to operate the new free-standing Chick-fil-A restaurant in McDonough. She will relocate from operating the Chick-fil-A restaurant at Kroger/McDonough Crossing to operate the new location on Hwy. 20 W. Wilson is a graduate of Georgia State University and has lived in Henry County for the past 28 years. She and her husband, Floyd, have two children.

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 or

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