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Restaurant Awards Year Supply of Chick-fil-A Meals to First 100 in Line; Holds Book Drive to Benefit Franklin County Schools 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Aug. 4, 2016) – Local franchise owner Chase Harper will open Frankfort’s first stand-alone Chick-fil-A restaurant on Aug. 4, bringing 80 new jobs, a chance for 100 adults to win free Chick-fil-A meals for a year and the opportunity for the community to donate children’s books to Franklin County’s after school programs.

The family friendly overnight First 100 party will pop up in the restaurant parking lot at 1300 U.S. Hwy 127 South – 24 hours before the grand opening as guests try to be one of the first 100 adults through the door to win a year of free Chick-fil-A meals. This community event is open to guests residing in specific zip codes surrounding the restaurant. A list of eligible zip codes and rules can be found at http://www.chick-fil-a.com/Locations/Openings.

The Chick-fil-A First 100

A tradition going back nearly 13 years, Chick-fil-A’s First 100 celebration has given away nearly $27 million in free food through 2015 and continues to be the chain’s signature grand opening event. Rain, snow and extreme temperatures below zero or above 100 do not deter Chick-fil-A fans who arrive with tents, chairs, TVs and computers.

Each fan hopes to win a digital offer card loaded with a one-year supply of free Chick-fil-A meals (52 meals with each consisting of a Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwich, medium Waffle Potato Fries and a medium beverage) that will be awarded to the first 100 eligible adults – ages 18 and older with identification – in line when the doors open at 6 a.m. on Aug. 4. If more than 100 people are on site when the line officially opens at 6 a.m. on Aug. 3, a drawing will be held to randomly select the First 100. Those chosen will be required to camp out until the grand opening in order to secure their spot.

“After years of planning and waiting, my team members and I can’t wait to welcome our guests to Frankfort’s first Chick-fil-A restaurant,” said Harper. “We’re not just in the chicken business — we’re in the people business. Our goal is to provide a remarkable experience for every customer, every time, by serving food our guests can truly feel good about eating, providing sincere hospitality and being a good neighbor.”

To celebrate the opening, participating Central Kentucky Chick-fil-A restaurants are giving away a free, three-count Chick-n-Minis during breakfast hours on Aug. 11. One per customer while supplies last. The free breakfast offer follows Chick-fil-A’s new 300-calorie Egg White Grill that was rolled out nationwide July 18, becoming the first time in six years that the chain added a new breakfast sandwich to its menu. The protein-packed sandwich features grilled chicken with a hint of citrus flavor, freshly grilled egg whites and American cheese on a toasted, multigrain English muffin.

About Franchise Operator Chase Harper

Becoming a Chick-fil-A franchise owner is no small feat. The company receives some 24,000 applications yearly for approximately 100 franchise opportunities. Harper is accustomed to rising to a challenge. Not only has he guided whitewater rafting trips and horseback riding trips in the North Carolina mountains, but also has rode a bronco for a full eight seconds.  Whether it is working from an early age at his family’s dry cleaner business to being a docent/educator at Zoo Atlanta, or serving as a summer camp counselor, working hard is simply what Harper does. At age 15, he began working at an Atlanta Chick-fil-A location owned by his uncle. Years later, after Harper had started his own construction and real-estate business, his uncle encouraged him to become a Chick-fil-A Operator.

In 2011, he shifted gears and returned to Chick-fil-A to start the path to becoming an Operator. He was hired in 2013 as a Chick-fil-A Interim manager and spent the next 30 months operating 10 different Chick-fil-A restaurants in eight different states. His family fell in love with Kentucky while managing the state’s first Chick-fil-A location which opened in 1978 in Louisville’s Jefferson Mall. When the opportunity became available to open Frankfort’s first
Chick-fil-A, the Harpers jumped at the chance. Harper’s wife, Elisabeth, and their three children are excited to return to the area and put down roots in Frankfort.

Childrens Book Drive

Reflecting his desire to have an immediate, positive impact on the surrounding community, Harper is inviting his First 100 guests and restaurant customers to celebrate the new location by participating in a children’s book drive to benefit Franklin County’s after school programs. Harper is collecting new and gently used children’s books at the restaurant on Aug. 1-2, from 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., and Aug. 3, from 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. The donated books will be placed in a nearly 3-foot Book House to serve as a free library exchange. The Book House, built from reclaimed wood, is donated by the Chick-fil-A Foundation (www.chick-fil-afoundation.org). Last year, Chick-fil-A collected more than 10,000 books from communities coast to coast, which were donated to 89 local organizations in 30 states and Washington, D.C.

Restaurant Details

The new Frankfort Chick-fil-A restaurant features a:

  • heritage restaurant design that showcases handmade, authentic materials for a vintage-inspired interior, including a large gathering table made from reclaimed wood, subway tiles, and light fixtures made from recycled Coca-Cola bottles and peach baskets.
  • two-story interactive indoor play area for children and free Wi-Fi.
  • drive-thru service expanded to offer dual drive-thru ordering lanes and screens to enable customers to move quickly into a single lane for payment and pickup.
  • dining room with seating for 126 and 10 additional outdoor patio seats.
  • full-service menu, including breakfast until 10:30 a.m., and will be open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Like all Chick-fil-A locations, it will be closed on Sunday.

Chick-fil-A in Kentucky

The Frankfort Chick-fil-A location brings the total in the state to 26. The newest Kentucky location is among 104 new Chick-fil-A locations opening this year across the country, creating nearly 9,000 new jobs. For more information on the Frankfort Chick-fil-A restaurant, visit Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/FrankfortCFA.

About Chick-fil-A, Inc.

Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A, Inc. is a family owned and privately held restaurant company founded in 1964 by S. Truett Cathy. Devoted to serving the local communities in which its franchised restaurants operate, Chick-fil-A serves freshly prepared food in more than 2,034 restaurants in 43 states and Washington, D.C. Chick-fil-A system sales exceeded $6 billion in 2015, which marks 48 consecutive years of sales growth. Chick-fil-A earned a top spot in the 2015 Customer Service Hall of Fame for the second year in a row and is the only quick service restaurant to make the Customer Service Hall of Fame. More information on Chick-fil-A is available on the chain’s website located at www.chick-fil-a.com

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