Chick-fil-A continues its DC-area expansion tomorrow with the opening of a new restaurant in Sterling. However, fans of the business are already lined up for a chance to win a year of free meals.
Following the company’s tradition going back more than 13 years, a party for the first 100 people will pop up in the parking lot of the restaurant, located at 22015 Dulles Retail Plaza. Customers are permitted to line up 24 hours before the grand opening to try to be one of the first 100 adults through the door to win a year of free meals. This event is open to residents of specific ZIP codes surrounding the restaurant. [Find the rules here.]
Chick-fil-A’s First 100 celebration has given away nearly $27 million in free food through 2015 and continues to be the chain’s signature grand opening event. Rain, snow and extreme temperatures below zero or above 100 do not deter Chick-fil-A fans who arrive with tents, chairs, TVs and computers.
The Sterling Chick-fil-A is owned and operated by Brian Summers, who grew up in Charlottesville. He got his first start with Chick-fil-A as a 14-year-old. Following graduation from North Carolina State University where he earned a degree in business management and marketing, Summers worked in the banking industry for 14 years. But he shifted careers with a return to Chick-fil-A, first the operator of the Kentlands Square In-line Chick-fil-A in Gaithersburg, MD. With transfer to the new Chick-fil-A at the Dulles 28 Center off Waxpool Road restaurant his family has moved to Sterling.
Summers is inviting his first 100 guests and restaurant customers to celebrate by participating in a children’s new and gently used book drive. He will collect books from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., on Friday. They will be donated The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington. The donated books will be placed in a book house donated by the Chick-fil-A Foundation to serve as a free library exchange. Since 2014, Chick-fil-A has collected more than 27,000 children’s books which have been donated to 162 organizations in 37 states and Washington, DC.