Dozens line up outside Chick-fil-A to win free meals

Dozens line up outside the Chick-fil-A in Gaines Township ahead of its grand opening. (Jan. 11, 2017)
Dozens line up outside the Chick-fil-A in Gaines Township ahead of its grand opening. (Jan. 11, 2017)


GAINES TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Around 70 people lined up outside West Michigan’s first Chick-fil-A restaurant to win a year supply of meals.

Gaines Township Chick-fil-A
People camp out in the parking lot of Gaines Township’s newly opened Chick-fil-A, located at 1545 Edgeknoll Drive SE. (Jan. 11, 2017)

The Chick-fil-A, located near the M-6 exit for Kalamazoo Avenue in Gaines Township, officially opens on Thursday but the first eligible 100 adults in line starting at 6 a.m. Wednesday will be rewarded with a year supply of free Chick-Fil-A meals (a total of 52 meals).

Some eager fans said they got in line as early as 10 p.m. Tuesday, according to a release from Chick-fil-A.

“A lot of people from Michigan have been waiting such a long time for this and for it to finally be here it’s like Christmas,” said Michael Robinson, Chick-fil-A marketing and event planner.

People who lined up early outside the Chick-fil-A in Gaines Township are allowed inside to eat. (Jan. 11, 2017)
People who lined up early outside the Chick-fil-A in Gaines Township are allowed inside to eat. (Jan. 11, 2017)

Those who lined up early were able to enjoy some free Chick-fil-A inside before heading back outside to camp out until the restaurant officially opens at 6 a.m. Thursday.

“It’s about time…I know a lot of people — even myself — we’ve traveled all the way out of state just to get it but it’s nice to actually have a shorter drive,” said Zach Righetti, one of the first people in line.

Chick-fil-A says its First 100 celebration has given away nearly $31 million in free food over the past 13 years.

Chick-fil-A is expected to open two other restaurants in West Michigan in February, including one on 54th Street near US-131 in Wyoming and one in the 6200 block of S. Westnedge Avenue in Portage.

The Grand Rapids Planning Commission is also expected to discuss plans for a new Chick-fil-A location at the CenterPoint Mall off of 28th Street on Jan. 12.