by Kat Robinson
That’s what 100 people did yesterday in the parking lot of the brand new Russellville Chick-Fil-A location. The new store, which opened this morning, is the first stand-alone in the River Valley town.
I happened to see the temporary tent city on my way to another story yesterday and about ran off the road. Of course I had to go check it out. I found Lydia Huerta, who explained to me what was going on. See, every time a Chick-Fil-A opens, the first 100 people in line when the store opens get free combo meals every week for a year. That’s 52 chicken sandwiches, waffle fries and beverages. Now, they don’t have to go once every week — they can use more than one at a time, throw a party and use them all at once, whatever. It’s worth $260 for each person who uses it.
Now, I’m an Arkansas Tech graduate, and I noticed a good deal of Wonderboy apparel in the crowd. College students do this sort of thing, camping out for stuff. So it surprised me when Tim told me a good deal of these folks aren’t from around these parts.
It’s all right — there are restroom facilities available inside the store, and you can bring your own tent… which is exactly what these people did. Chick-Fil-A coordinates games and music and there’s all sorts of fun going on.
Would you do it? I mean, is it worth it to you to camp out in a parking lot for more than 24 hours to receive $260 in food? It’s impressive, in a way — the very first day of business for any of these stores, they’re out $26,000. It’s a matter of opinion, I suppose.
The tents are probably all packed up now. The store is open. Wonder if it’ll cause a traffic jam like we experience every weekday at the store on Markham across from Park Plaza. Probably not — this location is on Main Street (Highway 64) just off Exit 84 on I-40.