Conway’s newest Chick-fil-A restaurant will open Thursday, bringing more than 60 new jobs and the chance for 100 adults to win free Chick-fil-A meals for a year.
After 10 years and more than $21.5 million in free food given away, 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.
The new West Conway Township restaurant at 2510 Prince Street will host the next First 100 event that will award a total of $30,000 in free food. A digital offer card loaded with 52 free Chick-fil-A Sandwich Meals, with an approximate retail value of $250, will be given to each of the first 100 eligible adults, ages 18 and older with identification, in line when the doors open at about 6 a.m. on Thursday, July 17. A Chick-fil-A Sandwich Meal consists of a Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwich, medium Waffle Potato Fries and a medium drink.
If more than 100 people are onsite when the line officially opens at 6 a.m. on Wednesday, July 16, then all 100 spots and up to ten alternates will be determined by a drawing held that morning with those selected needing to camp out for 24 hours to secure their spot. Up to 10 alternate prizes consisting of a gift pack determined by the sponsor restaurant, containing items such as a plush cow, mug, book or four free Chick-fil-A food coupons, will be awarded depending on the number of alternates remaining at the end of the giveaway period. For complete rules, see Chick-fil-A First 100 Promotion.
The new West Conway restaurant features the chain’s latest interior design and seats 139 with additional outdoor seating for about 40. Two drive-thru ordering lanes that merge into a single lane for pickup will expedite the drive-thru process. The restaurant, which also includes an interactive playground for children, is open Monday through Saturday from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., serving a full breakfast menu until 10:30 a.m. When Conway High School has a home football game, the restaurant will stay open until 11 p.m.
The grand opening in West Conway comes more than 30 years after Chick-fil-A opened its first Arkansas location inside a Hot Springs mall in 1982. The chain continued expanding in mall locations before opening its first stand-alone restaurant in the state in 1996 in Fayetteville. The new restaurant joins the chain’s first Conway restaurant in 2004. Chick-fil-A currently has 29 locations in Arkansas. The new West Conway location is one of 88 new restaurants the chain plans to open across the country in 2014, creating more than 6,600 new jobs. Chick-fil-A continued to grow in 2013, increasing the number of new restaurants initially planned for the year and reporting record-setting annual sales of more than $5 billion, the 47th consecutive year of sales growth since the company began in 1967.
Alan Kizer is the Operator/Owner of the new Chick-fil-A restaurant in West Conway and he will continue operating the chain’s Conway Commons restaurant. A Chick-fil-A Operator for 23 years, Kizer is an Arkansas native who graduated from Arkansas Tech in Russellville with a degree in business administration. Kizer, his wife, Tonya, and their family look forward to serving the Conway community at two Chick-fil-A locations.
“Personalized customer service and freshly prepared food have been the hallmarks of Chick-fil-A since the day Truett opened his first restaurant,” Kizer said. “My team members and I are committed to those same ideals as we welcome our guests to our new West Conway restaurant and provide them with a remarkable experience.”