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Crystal City Chick-Fil-A To Give Out 10,000 Free Sandwiches

by ARLnow.com November 5, 2010 at 9:30 am 4,875 11 Comments

When Chick-fil-A does a grand opening, they do it big. The opening of the new Crystal City store at 2200 Crystal Drive will be no exception.

The company is expecting people to start lining up for the Nov. 18 opening at 6:00 a.m. on Nov. 17.

The reason people would brave the cold for a fast food restaurant opening? The store is offering a one-year supply of free Chick-fil-A meals to the first 100 adults in line (a $260 value).

The queue will be set up in the park across the street, so the campers don’t get clog the sidewalk. A company spokesperson said 200 people lined up 24 hours prior to a restaurant opening in Denver last week for the same “First 100” promotion.

If there are more than 100 people in line in Crystal City by 6:00 a.m. on Nov. 17, the first 100 spots will be determined by a raffle.

In advance of the opening, Chick-fil-A will also be doing a big sandwich giveaway. The restaurant will distribute 10,000 chicken sandwiches during the lunch hour of Nov. 15 and 16.

Chick-fil-A says the store, which will employ nearly 50 people, is the result of years of market research.

“With the company having researched locations in the area since 2004, the Crystal City restaurant provides an opportunity for the chain to be a part of the Crystal City streetscape,” the company said in a press release. “The Chick-fil-A restaurant also is conveniently located to mass transit and the Pentagon.”

  • Katie

    This is very exciting.

    “so the campers don’t get clog the sidewalk.”

    But that’s an errant “get” I reckon.

  • rft

    “If there are more than 100 people in line in Crystal City by 6:00 a.m. on Nov. 17, the first 100 spots will be determined by a raffle.”

    Does this mean there is no need to camp out, so long as you are there by 0600?

  • Texas Wahoo

    “Does this mean there is no need to camp out, so long as you are there by 0600?”

    It looks like you still have to “camp out” because it is 6 the day before they open. You still need to spend that night there.

  • MikeyinCrystalC

    Can’t wait!

  • Jim

    hmmm- tasty.

  • DudeGuy

    Why would people stand in line at 6:00am for a free sandwich that is under $5.00? I am sorry but my time is worth much more than that. How about they give the 10,000 sandwiches to the homeless or hungry instead of people camping out in Crystal City?

  • Donnie BLAZE

    @DudeGuy
    Please, STEP AWAY FROM THE HIGH HORSE!!!

  • MikeC

    Hm. Would as many people stand in line for a 1-year free gym membership? –Oh wait; this is the USA…! What was I thinking…? 😀 😀

    @Donnie “Lovin’ the Caps” BLAZE: I see no problem with helping to reduce the homeless menace by feeding them death on white bread buns. This is not a high horse situation, but rather a public-spirited effort to shrink the population of undesirables. Relax.

  • DudeGuy

    @Donnie – it is the same reason for people standing in line at TacoBell after a base is stolen in the World Series… people are in line for 30 to 40mins for a $.99 taco… same thing with a free stupid, but awesomely delicious, sandwich.

    @MikeC – I would imagine people would stand in line for 1 year free gym membership… the only thing is.. no one offers that 😀

    And having a Chick-Fil-A sandwich is not going to make you fat. It is just sad that people will start lining up at 6am for a free sandwich.

  • DudeGuy Doesn’t Get It

    @ DudeGuy -just to be clear, people are not waiting for one sandwich – it’s a year’s worth of sandwiches – either you a) misread the article or b) you’ve never had chick-fil-a because you better believe it’s worth it.

  • Joe

    It will be cold maybe less than 32 and raining. STAY AWAY.

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