SOURCE: Chick-fil-A

July 15, 2008 04:00 ET

Vienna's First Stand-Alone Chick-fil-A Restaurant Opening July 17

Free Chick-fil-A For a Year Awaits First 100 Adults in Line at New Restaurant on Grand Central Avenue

VIENNA, WV--(Marketwire - July 15, 2008) - Chick-fil-A®, the nation's second-largest chicken restaurant chain, will reward those willing to wait in line for Vienna's first stand-alone Chick-fil-A restaurant opening on July 17 by 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® 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 210 Grand Central Ave. in Vienna. The line can begin forming up to 24 hours prior to the opening, with the prizes being given away on July 17 sometime between 6 a.m. and 6:30 a.m. The restaurant will open immediately afterward.

The First 100 Fans promotion was launched in 2003 to mark the opening of the chain's first stand-alone restaurant in Arizona. Nearly five years later, the event continues to draw Chick-fil-A raving fans from all over the country. Armed with tents, computers, games and even swimming pools, campers turn the grand opening event into an all-night tailgate party.

"When we started the First 100 Fans promotion we were stunned when someone arrived 18 hours in advance and asked where he could wait in line," said Chick-fil-A, Inc. President Dan Cathy, who has camped out at dozens of openings. "Almost five years later, we've given away more than $7 million in free Chick-fil-A food across the country to raving fans who've braved snow, wind, rain and triple-digit temperatures to help us celebrate the opening of each new Chick-fil-A."

Chick-fil-A grand openings attract raving fans from around the country with some traveling many hours and hundreds of miles from several states away to take part in the festivities.

George Angelos has been selected as the franchised Operator of West Virginia's newest stand-alone Chick-fil-A restaurant, where he will employ about 55 team members. Angelos was born in the area to a family which has operated restaurants in the market for 95 years. He joined Chick-fil-A in 1996 as Operator of the chain's restaurant at Grand Central Mall. With a bachelor's degree from Ohio University and a master's from West Virginia University, Angelos will continue to operate the mall location as well as the new stand-alone restaurant on Grand Central Avenue. He and his wife, Neysa, have two children.

The new Chick-fil-A in Vienna is the fifth stand-alone Chick-fil-A in the state. The first opened in 2004 in Martinsburg, followed by stand-alone locations in Morgantown, Barboursville and Beckley. In addition, the chain operates six mall locations in West Virginia. The new Vienna restaurant is the first stand-alone Chick-fil-A within two hours in the region, providing drive-thru service, a full breakfast menu and a play area for children.

"Since its first chain restaurant opened more than 40 years ago, Chick-fil-A has become synonymous with freshly prepared food and 'my pleasure' customer service," said Angelos. "My team and I are eager to continue that legacy at Vienna's first stand-alone location."

The new Vienna Chick-fil-A restaurant features a 3,921-square-foot interior that seats 104 and features warm colors and wood accents as well as an indoor play area for children that includes an interactive section for toddlers. With more quick-service customers saying they favor the ease of drive-thru service, Chick-fil-A's award-winning drive-thru 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.

The new Chick-fil-A restaurant on Grand Central Avenue will include several new menu enhancements rolled out chain wide in May. These include a new Chick-fil-A® Chargrilled and Fruit Salad with Harvest Nut Granola topping as well as the new Chick-fil-A Chick-n-Strips® that are 50 percent larger than the previous offerings and are complemented by a new proprietary dipping sauce called Chick-fil-A Sauce™. The Chick-fil-A® Chicken Salad Sandwich also has undergone a makeover and is now served on a new premium wheatberry bread with green leaf lettuce. The chain's Cool Wraps selections now come in a new multi-grain flatbread.

QSR® magazine's 2007 Best in Drive-Thru in America Survey found Chick-fil-A top-ranked with a 95 percent score in order accuracy, a category that remains the most important service criteria for drive-thru customers. With a majority of survey participants saying service speed is second only to order accuracy, Chick-fil-A finished second in service speed among chains with more than two cars in the drive-thru. Chick-fil-A has been recognized among the winners of the annual industry survey for six consecutive years.

About Chick-fil-A, Inc.

Truett Cathy developed the original Chick-fil-A boneless breast of chicken sandwich in his 24-hour Dwarf House® diner near Atlanta in the early 1960s, opening his first Chick-fil-A restaurant in Atlanta's Greenbriar Mall in 1967. The chain has grown to more than 1,395 locations in 37 states and Washington, D.C. Chick-fil-A, Inc. reached more than $2.64 billion in sales in 2007, resulting in a 16.09 percent increase over the chain's 2006 performance and included an 8.47 percent same-store sales increase. It is the 40th consecutive year of sales growth for the chain which plans to add 88 locations this year, including 70 stand-alone restaurants. Information about Chick-fil-A is available on the chain's websites, located at www.chick-fil-a.com or www.chick-fil-a.com/pressroom.

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