SOURCE: Chick-fil-A

April 18, 2007 05:00 ET

Overland Park's First Stand-Alone Chick-fil-A Restaurant Opening April 19

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

OVERLAND PARK, KS -- (MARKET WIRE) -- April 18, 2007 -- Chick-fil-A, celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, will open its first stand-alone restaurant in Overland Park on April 19, when the franchised Operator of the new location will help give away $26,000 in free Chick-fil-A food to the first 100 adults in line that morning, a promotion he participated in 18 months ago that led to his Chick-fil-A career.

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 at 7500 W. 135th St. The line can begin forming up to 24 hours prior to the opening, with the prizes being given away on April 19 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 $5 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.

Randy Harris, selected as the franchised Operator of the newest Chick-fil-A, was 11th in line at a Chick-fil-A grand opening in Fredericksburg, Va., in September 2005, an experience that led him to pursue Chick-fil-A as a career. Harris, who previously worked in finance, became a raving fan of Chick-fil-A while living in the Tidewater, Va., region. When he saw a Chick-fil-A under construction near his home, he decided to take the day off to part of the celebration.

"It was a life-changing experience for me. I was already a raving fan of the brand, but what I experienced at that grand opening showed me that Chick-fil-A has a real passion for their team members and customers," Harris said.

"It was so much more than the food. I got to experience everything from a customer's point of view and I knew that I wanted to be part of it." Harris volunteered to help with marketing at the new store -- working nights and weekends for free -- before applying to become an Operator himself.

Harris is thrilled to be opening a stand-alone Chick-fil-A restaurant near Olathe, where he graduated from high school. His extended family still lives in the area. Harris, a St. Leo University graduate in business administration, and his wife, Donna, have a son, Paul, 14.

Just like Harris in 2005, raving fans who camp out at a grand opening 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 1,304 locations in 37 states and Washington, D.C.

Chick-fil-A customers will dine in a 3,921-square-foot interior that seats 104 and features warm colors and wood accents as well as an inside play area for children that includes a toddler interactive section. 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.

Quick Service Restaurant magazine released its 2006 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 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 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), with more than 1,300 restaurants in 37 states and Washington, D.C. 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 www.chick-fil-a.com, www.chick-fil-apressroom.com or www.truettcathy.com.

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