Industry News | August 6, 2008

Chick-fil-A Opens New Stand-Alone Location in Ohio

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Chick-fil-A, the nation's second-largest chicken restaurant chain, will reward those willing to wait in line for Chick-fil-A's newest stand-alone Chick-fil-A restaurant at 8213 Golden Link Boulevard in Macedonia, Ohio, on August 7 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 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 August 7 between 6 a.m. and 6:30 a.m. The restaurant will open thereafter.

"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," says 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 fans from around the country with some traveling many hours and hundreds of miles from several states away to take part in the festivities.

The new restaurant in Macedonia will be the fifth stand-alone Chick-fil-A in the Cleveland area--one additional location is scheduled to open in Mentor this month. The new 4,227-square-foot restaurant seats more than 134 and will create approximately 55 new jobs. The restaurant features warm colors and wood accents as well as an indoor play area for children, which includes an interactive section for toddlers.

Dan Stanko has been selected as franchised operator of the new Chick-fil-A. Stanko has operated the Chick-fil-A at Westfield Shoppingtown Southpark for two years and will relocate to operate the new Macedonia restaurant. He and his wife, Annette, are eager to bring Chick-fil-A to the Macedonia community.

With this year forecasted to be the chain's most aggressive product rollout period in Chick-fil-A history, the new Macedonia Chick-fil-A restaurant will offer several new menu enhancements.

These include a new Chick-fil-A Chargrilled Chicken & Fruit Salad with Harvest Nut Granola topping and a new Chick-fil-A Chick-n-Strips Salad with strips that are 50 percent larger than the previous offering. The Chick-fil-A Chicken Salad Sandwich also has undergone a makeover and is now served on new premium wheatberry bread with leaf lettuce. The chain's Cool Wraps selections now come in a new multi-grain flatbread. 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.

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