Chick-fil-A Fans Camp Out Ahead Of West Wichita Debut

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Wednesday, August 08, 2012

More than a hundred people woke up bright and early Wednesday morning for the chance to get a year's worth of free Chick-fil-A.

It's called the “First 100” and it happens at every grand opening for the restaurant. 100 people get one free meal a week for a year.

Anyone who showed up Wednesday morning at the brand new west Wichita Chick-fil-A location got a number and then a raffle was held to choose 100 people plus ten alternates. Those people have to camp out for 24 hours in order to get their reward.

Whenever a new Chick-fil-A opens, temporary camp sites pop up in the parking lot.

At the west Wichita grand opening, we met Toni Kirtley and Rick Nobles who have kind of become Chick-fil-A celebrities.

“They actually recognize us, because we're regulars,” Nobles said.

Wednesday's event is their tenth "First 100" event.

“Wherever there's a Chick-fil-A within a few hours drive, we'll go and visit,” Nobles said.

If you were anywhere near Rock and Central when that Chick-fil-A opened in East Wichita, you probably remember huge crowds, and a lot of traffic. People we spoke with say they think this grand opening will be just as busy; maybe even more, because it's right in the middle of a construction zone.

“I imagine it's going to be very crazy indeed. I know it's going to be busy with all the traffic and just from the construction and everything plus you've got a hundred people that are already in line,” Tobin Levering said.

A spokesperson with Chick-fil-A told us three off duty officers will be directing traffic for the grand opening Thursday. There will also be a designated right turn lane into the restaurant for drivers coming west on 21st.

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Dozens of people are camping outside a west Wichita Chick-fil-A restaurant, not to protest, but rather for the chance of winning free food.

The fast food chain is set to open its doors near 21st and Maize at 6 a.m. Thursday. The first 100 customers will receive free Chick-fil-A chicken for a year.

“We had 100 people lined up before 6 this morning,” said Jason Lansdown, west store owner.

Chick-fil-A will hand out 52 free meal coupons to its first 100 fans. In addition, anyone who donated a non-perishable item to the Kansas Food Bank also received a free meal coupon.

Lansdown said it was a way for the company to give back to the community.

Josh Scheer was one of the first campers to arrive early Wednesday. He said the event is a family affair.

“We actually camped out at the east store,” Scheer said. “We get the chicken nuggets every time. We have three kids and they value the chicken nuggets as well.”

The company organized many events to keep the campers entertained and cool. Some passed the time with Zumba or P90x classes, while others played water balloon games.

“We’re just having a good time,” Scheer said.

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