Edgewater’s first Chick-fil-A® restaurant will open Nov. 20, bringing 75 new jobs, the chance for 100 adults in line on grand opening morning to win free Chick-fil-A meals for a year, and the opportunity for the community to donate new children’s books to support a local community organization.
After 11 years and more than $21.5 million in free food given away, Chick-fil-A’s “First 100” celebration continues to be the chain’s signature grand opening event, which transforms the restaurant parking lot into a 24-hour community friendly party as the crowd awaits the opening.
The new Sloan’s Lake restaurant at 1901 Sheridan Blvd. will host the next First 100 event that will award a total of $30,000 in free food. A digital offer card loaded with a one-year supply of free Chick-fil-A® Meals will be given to each of the first 100 eligible adults, ages 18 and older with identification from specified zip codes, in line when the doors open about 6 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 20. If more than 100 people are onsite when the line officially opens at 6 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 19, then all 100 spots will be determined by a drawing held that morning with those selected needing to camp out for 24 hours to secure their spot. This event is only open to guests that live in specific zip codes surrounding the restaurant and interested participants may obtain a complete listing of zip codes and rules online at www.chick-fil-a.com/locations/first-100.
Chick-fil-A believes in partnering with individuals and organizations that work to enrich education, literacy and youth. In that spirit, Sloan’s Lake Chick-fil-A Operator Dan Courtois is collecting new children’s books at his restaurant on Wednesday, Nov. 19 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Courtois plans to select a local community organization to receive a nearly three-foot-high Book House. The new books collected during the grand opening celebration will be placed in the Book House to serve as a free library exchange – allowing anyone to take a book after replacing it with one of their own. The Book House, created from old and thrown out wood, is one of several community programs and opportunities being made possible through the generous support of the Chick-fil-A Foundation (www.chick-fil-afoundation.org).
The new Sloan’s Lake Chick-fil-A is the seventh restaurant the chain is opening in the state this year, creating almost 600 new jobs. The first Chick-fil-A restaurant opened in Colorado in 1978 inside the Town Center at Aurora. The chain now operates 38 restaurants in the state.
The opening of Sloan’s Lake Chick-fil-A restaurant will create 75 new jobs. Featuring the chain’s newest interior and kitchen design, the new location can seat 116 in the dining room with additional outside patio seating. The new restaurant located in Edgewater has beautiful views of both Sloan’s Lake and midtown. The restaurant includes a dual drive-thru order point design to expand the chain’s award-winning drive-thru service. It enables motorists to place their orders at separate screens and then merge into a single lane to pay for and pick up their orders. With a majority of customers at Chick-fil-A stand-alone restaurants choosing drive thru, the ability for two drivers to simultaneously order will mean quicker service.
Customers will be able to stay connected through the restaurant’s free Wi-Fi and parents will appreciate the indoor play area that includes an interactive section for toddlers. The restaurant is open Monday through Saturday from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., serving a full breakfast menu until 10:30 a.m. Like all Chick-fil-A restaurants, it will be closed on Sunday.
Courtois is a graduate of 3 universities, holds four Master’s Degrees and is a retired colonel of the U.S. Air Force. He discovered his desire to be part of the Chick-fil-A family after volunteering at a Bellevue, Nebraska restaurant where he learned about Chick-fil-A’s personalized customer service and community involvement. Courtois and his wife, Stephanie, have two children and are looking forward to serving the Edgewater community.
“Personalized customer service and freshly prepared food have been the hallmarks of Chick-fil-A since the day founder
S. Truett Cathy opened his first restaurant,” said Courtois. “My team members and I couldn’t be more honored and excited to continue that legacy with our customers in Edgewater.”
The newest Chick-fil-A in Edgewater is one of 93 new restaurants the chain plans to open across the country in 2014, creating more than 7,400 new jobs. Chick-fil-A continued to grow in 2013, increasing the number of new restaurants initially planned for the year and reporting record-setting annual sales of more than $5 billion, the 47th consecutive year of sales growth since the company began in 1967.