SOURCE: Chick-fil-A

November 28, 2007 08:00 ET

Tucson's First Two Stand-Alone Chick-fil-A Restaurants to Open Nov. 29

First 100 Adults in Line at Both Locations Will Receive Free Chick-fil-A for a Year

TUCSON, AZ--(Marketwire - November 28, 2007) - Chick-fil-A will open its first two stand-alone restaurants in Tucson on Nov. 29, giving away $26,000 in free Chick-fil-A food to the first 100 adults in line at both locations that morning. The new restaurants are located at 4585 N. Oracle Rd. and at 3605 E. Broadway Blvd.

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 each new stand-alone restaurant. The lines can begin forming up to 24 hours prior to the opening, with the prizes being given away on Nov. 29 between 6 a.m. and 6:30 a.m. The restaurants 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 1,345 locations in 37 states and Washington, D.C.

Chick-fil-A has been in the Tucson market since July 1996 when it opened its first location in Tucson Mall. The mall restaurant will continue to operate after the new stand-alone locations open.

Todd Coleman has been selected as franchised Operator of the Oracle Rd. location. Coleman served in the U.S. Air Force for more than 20 years and has retired to operate the new Chick-fil-A.

Atlanta native, Matt Hountz, will operate the El Con Chick-fil-A on E. Broadway Blvd. Hountz has worked for Chick-fil-A for 12 years and is relocating from California to operate the new location.

Both Coleman and Hountz look forward to providing freshly prepared food and "my pleasure" customer service at both new Tucson Chick-fil-A restaurants.

Guests will dine at each new Chick-fil-A location in an indoor dining room that seats approximately 154 and features warm colors and wood accents as well as an award-winning drive-thru. The new restaurants will be open Monday through Saturday from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., with the drive-thru staying open until 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights. A full breakfast menu will be served 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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