Chick-fil-A opens May 31

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Crestview’s new Chick-fil-A, located at 3000 S. Ferdon Blvd., opens for business May 31.

HOLT, Fla., May 29, 2018–Chrestview’s newest fast food restaurant opens its doors Thursday.

Chick(7424)The highly anticipated Chick-fil-A restaurant opens for business May 31.

Located on the northwest corner of S. Ferdon Boulevard and Mirage Avenue, the nearly 4,900-square-foot restaurant was built on the property where Ryan’s buffet restaurant once stood.

Entrance and exit to the restaurant is limited to Mirage Avenue, same as Ryan’s was.

The new restaurant will have two ordering lanes in its drive-through, outdoor seating for 20 people as well as a dedicated parking spot for Chick-fil-A One mobile ordering and catering.

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Crestview’s outdoor seating area (Chick-fil-A)

Because Chick-fil-A openings typically draw a crowd, Crestview Police Department will be on hand May 31 for traffic control at the busy intersection, said Brian Hughes, public information officer.

If passersby happen to see tents pitched around the restaurant in Crestview, it’s because part of Chick-fil-A openings include the company’s First 100 events.

The promotion is a 24-hour event beginning at 6 a.m. Wednesday the day before the restaurant opens and ending at 6 a.m. Thursday when the restaurant opens. Registration begins at 5:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Crestview’s First 100 event will be the traditional campout.

Participants camp out 24 hours before the restaurant’s grand opening, hoping to be the first 100 through the doors.

Those lucky 100 receive a digital offer card pre-loaded with 52 Chick-fil-A meals–one meal per week–valid for 12 months from the opening date. Each free meal consists of a chicken sandwich, medium waffle fries and medium drink.

Those participating must bring proof of residence in the eligible zip codes, be 18 years or older and present valid government-issued photo identification.

“If more than 100 people are onsite when the line officially opens at 6 a.m. on May 30, a drawing will be held to randomly select the First 100,” said Adriana Desiderio with Chick-fil-A/CP Communications Inc. “Those chosen will be required to camp out until the grand opening in order to secure their spot.”

In addition to the First 100 campout, new franchise owner Kyle Schisler is inviting his First 100 and restaurant guests to participate in a children’s book drive to benefit a local youth organization.

“He will be collecting new and gently used children’s books through grand opening week to be placed in a nearly 3-foot Book House, built from reclaimed wood,” said Desiderio. “Since 2014, Chick-fil-A has collected more than 66,000 books that have been donated to 363 local organizations in 45 states and Washington, D.C.”

The first Chick-fil-A to open in Florida was the one at Pensacola’s Cordova Mall in 1971. Crestview’s restaurant is one of 14 locations within a 50-mile radius of Pensacola.

Stephanie Holcombe

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