Crowd gathers for chance to win Chick-fil-A for year
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The new Chick-fil-A location at the Outlet Shoppes at Atlanta opens today. People drive all over the country to the chains new stores  with the hopes of being one of the first 100 people in line to win free food for a year. A group of friends from Jasper sit under their tent and pass the time by playing cards. From left, Daniel Rakes, Tyler Mathene, Chris Tarpy, Pete Buhls and Ann Spencer Alexander. <br>Staff/Todd Hull
The new Chick-fil-A location at the Outlet Shoppes at Atlanta opens today. People drive all over the country to the chains new stores with the hopes of being one of the first 100 people in line to win free food for a year. A group of friends from Jasper sit under their tent and pass the time by playing cards. From left, Daniel Rakes, Tyler Mathene, Chris Tarpy, Pete Buhls and Ann Spencer Alexander.
Staff/Todd Hull
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More than 130 people were lined up Wednesday morning to secure a spot in line and receive a year’s supply of Chick-fil-A at the chain’s newest restaurant in Cherokee County set to open today near the Outlet Shoppes of Atlanta.

The new restaurant at 951 Ridgewalk Parkway is also expected to create 75 new jobs, company officials said in a news release.

A drawing for the 100 people eligible to receive a year of free Chick-fil-A was conducted and those selected were setting up their tents to camp out for 24 hours on the lot. Those who make it through the 24-hour period will receive Chick-fil-A meals for a year.

Campers traveled from as far as Indiana and as close as Woodstock to participate.

“They have already been fed lunch and will participate in a number of activities throughout the day,” said Corporate Spokeswoman Chandra Brown on Wednesday. “Around 6:30 this evening, a DJ will arrive so that campers can show off their dance moves.”

Chick-fil-A’s “First 100” event, which began as a way to celebrate the first stand-alone Chick-fil-A in Arizona in 2003, immediately became the cornerstone of every Chick-fil-A grand opening when the first person arrived more than 18 hours the day before, wondering where to get in line, she said.

Doors open at the new restaurant at 6 this morning.

Woodstock’s first Chick-fil-A location came with the 1993 opening of the Woodstock Dwarf House off of Highway 92. A stand-alone restaurant on Eagle Drive followed in 1998.

Keith Booth, the franchise operator of the new restaurant, said he is excited about the opportunity.

“Our focus on freshly prepared food and personal customer service is as central to our new restaurant as it was the day Truett opened his first Chick-fil-A location,” said Booth. “That commitment continues for me and my team members at our new Outlet Shoppes at Atlanta location where we can’t wait to continue welcoming and serving our guests in the community.”

The new restaurant seats 120 with additional outdoor seating and has an interactive indoor play area for children. The restaurant is open Monday through Saturday from 6:00 a.m.

to 10 p.m.

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