Tuesday, September 13, 2011


 A new Chick-fil-A is opening in Layton Sept. 22, and the first 100 adults in line that morning will get a free year’s supply of Chick-fil-A.

 First 100 celebrations have been happening at Chick-fil-A openings for the past eight years, according to a company press release. It's like waiting in line for concert tickets or a new hot movie opening. The parking lot party draws  Chick-fil-A fans who come equipped with couches, TVs, and tents to count down to the newest restaurant opening. Some participants who often arrive more than 24 hours in advance, for the music, contests and games. 

A similar scene is expected in Layton where Chick-fil-A will award a one-year supply of free Chick-fil-A® Meals (52 certificates) to each of the first 100 adults in line, age 18 and older with identification, at the restaurant located at
651 W. Antelope Road.  The line officially opens at 6 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 21, with the free meal cards being awarded Thursday, Sept. 22, sometime between 6 a.m. and 6:10 a.m. The restaurant will open for business immediately thereafter. If there are more than 100 people by 6 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 21, all 100 spots will be determined by a raffle. See http://www.chick-fil-a.com/Locations/First-100 for complete rules. 

This year marks 30 years of business in Utah for the popular chain with the state’s first location opening in 1981 in Ogden’s Newgate Mall and its first stand-alone opening January 2003 in Sandy. The new Layton restaurant features the first multi-ordering drive-thru Chick-fil-A system in the state, seats 130, and offers a toddler indoor play area and free Wi-Fi for guests. 

Chick-fil-A operator Craig Saxton will transfer from his Layton Hills Mall location to operate the new stand-alone retaurant.  He's been involved in the restaurant business in Davis County for more than 30 years including 14 as a Chick-fil-A Operator.  Saxton studied business and accounting at Weber State University and is supported in the business by his wife Trudy, daughters Bambi and Natasha and their husbands. Along with being selected Rookie of the Year by the chain in 1998, Saxton has also earned the company’s highest honor for its Operators – the Symbol of Success -- four times.

 Founder Truett Cathy opened the first Chick-fil-A in Atlanta in 1967. The chain is now the second largest chicken restaurant chain, with more than 1,583 restaurants in 39 states and Washington D.C.

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