Fairfield’s first Chick-fil-A offering chance to win free meals for a year

Chick-fil-A will open its first Fairfield restaurant on Thursday following an overnight party that offers a chance to win a free meal each week for a year.

The new location at 6305 S. Gilmore Road will hold an overnight, 12-hour grand opening “First 100 Campout” party, which will feature activities for participants, who will receive a Chick-fil-A meal during the countdown to the opening.

The store’s operator will award a free year supply of Chick-fil-A to the first 100 eligible adults in line. That will come in the form of a digital offer card handed out the next morning for a year of free Chick-fil-A meals — 52 meals with each consisting of a chicken sandwich, medium waffle potato fries and a medium drink.

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If there are more than 100 people in line at 6 p.m. Wednesday, a raffle will be held to determine the 100 who will stay on site for the next 12 hours.

Participants will be allowed to start gathering at the store at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday for registration that begins at 6 p.m. in the restaurant parking lot. Participants must be 18 years or older with U.S. government-issued identification.

The event is open to guests in communities surrounding the restaurant. For a list of eligible zip codes and complete rules, click here.

The new 4,900-square-foot restaurant features a dual-lane drive-thru merging into a single pick-up point that can handle as many as 200 cars an hour, plus environment-controlled canopies designed to further enhance the outside face-to-face ordering experience.

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It also features a 110-seat dining room with a two-story indoor playground and free Wi-Fi, along with a 28-seat outdoor patio. The new location also includes a vintage-inspired interior with floor-to-ceiling windows and drop pendant lighting.

The new restaurant will employ 120 newly hired team members.

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