The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

December 10, 2013

Chick-fil-A opens Thursday

Enid News & Eagle

— Enid’s first stand-alone Chick-fil-A restaurant will open Thursday, creating nearly 80 new jobs and giving 100 adults the chance to win free Chick-fil-A meals for a year.

Chick-fil-A’s “First 100” event began as a way to celebrate the first stand-alone Chick-fil-A in Arizona in 2003. The restaurant now has implemented the “First 100” at every grand opening, and in the past 10 years has given away more than $18 million in free food at almost 700 grand openings. An additional $2.5 million is slated to be given away at 91 grand openings this year.

The new Enid restaurant at 4329 W. Garriott will be the scene of the latest Chick-fil-A grand opening celebration. The first 100 adults, ages 18 and older with identification, in line when the doors open about 6 a.m. Thursday will win a one-year supply of free Chick-fil-A meals (52 coupons for a Chick-fil-A chicken sandwich, medium waffle potato fries and a medium drink) — more than $30,000 in free food.

The line officially opens at 6 a.m. today. If there are more than 100 people in line by 6 a.m. today, the 100 winning spots will be determined by a drawing, with those selected needing to camp out to secure their spots.

Oklahoma native Connie Sturgeon-Hart has been selected as owner/operator of the new Chick-fil-A restaurant. She is transferring from the Oakwood Mall location, which she has operated since 1987. Sturgeon-Hart graduated with a psychology degree from Northwestern Oklahoma State University. She and her husband Steve, who will join her in the business, have two grown children, Seth and Ericka.

“Our focus on freshly prepared food and personal customer service is as central to our new restaurant as it was the day Truett opened his first Chick-fil-A location,” said Sturgeon-Hart. “That commitment continues for me and my team members at our new Enid location, where we can’t wait to continue welcoming and serving our guests in the community.”

The new 4,400-square-foot restaurant seats 130, with additional outdoor seating. It offers free Wi-Fi and includes dual drive-through ordering lanes.

The restaurant is open 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday, serving a full breakfast menu until 10:30 a.m.