Happening nearby: Chick-fil-A preparing to open May 7; first 100 guests will receive free chicken for a year

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Customers camped out in the parking lot earlier this month at the Chick-fil-A in Bellevue. The first 100 customers in Lynnwood will receive free chicken for a year.
Customers camped out in the parking lot earlier this month at the Chick-fil-A in Bellevue. The first 100 customers in Lynnwood will receive free chicken for a year.

Preparations are underway for the grand opening of the Lynnwood Chick-fil-A restaurant on May 7.

The grand opening celebration includes the chance for 100 adults to win free Chick-fil-A meals for a year. Chick-fil-A’s “First 100” celebration is the restaurant company’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 restaurant is located at 3026 196th Street SW., Lynnwood.

The Lynnwood 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 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, May 7.

If more than 100 people are onsite when the line officially forms at 6 a.m. on Wednesday, May 6, 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 only open to guests residing in specific zip codes within a 50-mile radius surrounding the restaurant. See http://www.chick-fil-a.com/Locations/First-100 for more details. Prizes will be awarded around 6 a.m. on Thursday, May 7.

The new Lynnwood restaurant will be locally owned and operated by veteran Chick-fil-A operator Paul Rosser. A long-time Chick-fil-A team member, Rosser, pursued the path to becoming a franchise owner while attending the University of Tennessee and became an interim manager soon after graduating. Rosser managed Chick-fil-A restaurants in Illinois, Delaware, Mississippi and Tennessee before being selected as a Chick-fil-A franchise owner in March 2009, operating the Jackson restaurant for nearly six years. Lynnwood, he said, “has been his dream home” since visiting the Seattle area earlier this year. Rosser recently relocated to Lynnwood with his wife, Danielle, to open the restaurant.

To celebrate the new Chick-fil-A restaurant and the Lynnwood community, Rosser is collecting new children’s books to benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Snohomish County. The community is invited to bring children’s books to the restaurant from Tuesday, May 5, through Saturday, May 9, to be placed in a Book House, donated by the Chick-fil-A Foundation. The nearly three-foot Book House, created entirely from reclaimed wood, will then be donated to serve local youth in Snohomish County.

Lynnwood’s new Chick-fil-A is built to LEED specifications with water and energy efficiency features, air quality control and waste diversion efforts, among other initiatives. With dining room seating for 124 and outdoor patio seating for 16 guests, the new restaurant also includes drive-thru service.

Following its grand opening, the restaurant, which offers free Wi-Fi, will be open Monday through Saturday from 6:30 a.m. until 10 p.m., serving a full breakfast menu until 10:30 a.m.  Like all Chick-fil-A restaurants, it will be closed on Sunday.

Chick-fil-A at Lynnwood is the last of three stand-alone Chick-fil-A restaurants opening this spring in the Puget Sound. The first location, at 785 116th Ave NE in Bellevue, opened April 9, and the second, located at 3902 S. Steele Street in Tacoma, followed on April 16.

It's anticipated that people will be camping out overnight at the Lynnwood Chick-fil-A in anticipation of its grand opening on May 7.
It’s anticipated that people will be camping out overnight at the Lynnwood Chick-fil-A in anticipation of its grand opening on May 7.

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