People Travel Far and Wide for Chick-Fil-A Openers

People Travel Far and Wide for Chick-Fil-A Openers

Food & Drink

People Travel Far and Wide for Chick-Fil-A Openers


By Cari Martens

Would you drive hundreds of miles and sit in your vehicle for hours, or even days, for a year’s worth of free chicken sandwiches, fries and drinks?

The lure of free food for a year is apparently just one part of the motivation that draws folks from many miles away to new store openings of Chick-Fil-A restaurants. People in the queue say these events have a unique party atmosphere.

Pete Bishop, reporting on the opening of the newest Chick-Fil-A in Estero, Fla., for the Naples Daily News, interviewed several of the happy campers who were thrilled to be among the first 100 people in line (thus qualifying for the 52 certificates for free value meals).

One couple Bishop spoke with was attending their 29th Chick-Fil-A opening in the last 19 months. Another friendly fellow claimed it was his 21st opening. He brought a tent and was wearing a t-shirt reading, ‘I sleep in Chick-Fil-A parking lots.’

These early adopters see each other at openings across the country, get to know each other and become friends. Chick-Fil-A even provides the crowd with three meals while the wait goes on, and often arranges for entertainment, such as live music, on the lot.

Sounds like a lot…of fun.

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