Chick-fil-A is set to open its newest location in northwest Ohio on Thursday and 100 of their biggest fans will walk away with a year's supply of chicken.
The chain's second stand-alone location in the Toledo-area will open at the corner of Sylvania Ave. and Talmadge Rd. at 6 a.m. Thursday. As they did at the opening of their Perrysburg location on Nov. 1, Chick-fil-A will award free food for a year to the first 100 adults in line.
Anticipating fans to start lining up a day in advance, Chick-Fil-A will provide security, entertainment, games, and plenty of fresh food to those gathered. The chain also says that since restaurant openings across the country have seen hundreds of raving fans line up, they have had to raffle off the first 100 spots in line. They expect the same turnout at the newest Toledo location, 4260 W. Sylvania Ave. The line for the First 100 will open on Nov. 28 at 6 a.m. and prizes will be awarded around 6 a.m. on Nov. 29.
Since 2003, Chick-fil-A has given away $16 million in free food at almost 600 store grand openings.
Around 200 jobs are being created in the Toledo-area with the openings of the two Chick-fil-A locations. 80 of those jobs are located at the West Toledo restaurant.
If standing in line is not your thing, Chick-fil-A will also hand out coupons for a free chicken sandwich to those who donate three or more canned food items at the new restaurant on Wednesday. The canned food collection drive will benefit Toledo's Cherry Street Mission Ministries and will help stock food pantry shelves.
"As we celebrate a dream come true for us with the grand opening of this new Chick-fil-A location, we realize there are many who are struggling to put food on the table this time of year," said Chick-fil-A operator Jonathon Winn. "This is a great opportunity to thank our community for the warm welcome we've received by helping our friends and neighbors who might need a hand this holiday season."
Chick-fil-A will accept donations of non-perishable goods between noon and 8 p.m. on Nov. 28.