PALMDALE – Palmdale’s first stand-alone Chick-fil-A restaurant will open Oct. 15, bringing 75 new jobs, the chance for 100 adults to win free Chick-fil-A meals for a year and the opportunity for community members to donate books that will benefit the Antelope Valley Boys & Girls Club in Palmdale, company officials announced Monday.
This month marks the 12-year anniversary of the chain’s First 100 event with more than $25 million in free food having been given away since it was first held in 2003 in Arizona.
Chick-fil-A’s “First 100” celebration continues to be the chain’s signature grand opening event, which transforms the restaurant parking lot into a 24-hour community friendly party as the crowd awaits the opening.
Located at 732 W. Rancho Vista Blvd., the Palmdale Chick-fil-A First 100 event will award more than $32,000 in free food. 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) will be given to each of the first 100 eligible adults, ages 18 and older with identification, in line when the doors open at 6 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 15.
If more than 100 people are onsite when the line officially forms at 6 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 14, then all 100 spots will be determined by a drawing held that morning with those selected needing to camp out for 24 hours to secure their spot. This community event is open to guests residing in specific zip codes surrounding the restaurant. A complete listing of eligible zip codes and rules can be found at Chick-fil-A First 100 Promotion. [View it here.]
Chick-fil-A believes in partnering with organizations that enrich education, literacy and youth. In that spirit, Palmdale Operator Randall Brookshire is collecting new children’s books for the Antelope Valley Boys & Girls Club at his restaurant on Wednesday, Oct. 14, through Friday, Oct. 16, from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. The books collected during the grand opening celebration will be placed in a nearly three-foot Book House to serve as a free library exchange – allowing anyone to take a book after replacing it with one of their own. The Book House, created from old and thrown out wood, is one of several community programs and opportunities being made possible through the support of the Chick-fil-A Foundation.
Brookshire brings more than 13 years of Chick-fil-A experience to the new location, having started working with the chain during high school, with his twin brother and older brother all being hired at the same time. Brookshire earned a Chick-fil-A Leadership Scholarship, which he used to attend Georgia Tech, while continuing to work at Chick-fil-A, and graduated in business management. Following college, he worked for the chain’s corporate office as a grand opening supervisor, traveling the country for 2.5 years helping to open new Chick-fil-A locations. His hard work paid off when he was selected as the Operator for the Palmdale location, no small feat as the company receives more than 24,000 Operator applicants a year for roughly 100 opportunities.
“Personalized customer service and freshly prepared food have been the hallmarks of Chick-fil-A since the day founder Truett Cathy opened his first restaurant,” said Brookshire. “My team members and I are committed to those same ideas as we welcome our guests to our new Palmdale restaurant and provide them with a remarkable experience.”
The opening of Palmdale’s first stand-alone Chick-fil-A restaurant will create 75 new jobs. Featuring the chain’s newest interior and kitchen design, the new location can seat 110, which includes a community table for larger groups to sit together. The restaurant also includes dual drive-thru ordering lanes that enable motorists to place orders at separate screens and then merge into a single lane to pay and pick up their orders. With a majority of Chick-fil-A customers choosing the drive-thru, the ability for two drivers to simultaneously order will mean quicker service.
[Information via news release from Chick-fil-A.]