Troy's first stand-alone Chick-fil-A will open Thursday morning, and Wednesday night, dozens of people are camping out, hoping to win a year's supply of free food.
People began lining up in Chick-fil-A's parking lot before dawn Wednesday, and they'll have to stay there until the restaurant opens Thursday to get that year's supply of free chicken.
One hundred people will get the prize for camping out in the lot overnight, and most of them came for reasons you'd expect to hear.
"Because its free food. You always get the good stuff when it's free," said Tyler Ring, a Troy University student.
"Mainly because a bunch of people told me I wanted to do it," said Elizabeth Locascio, who lives in Troy.
But for people like Richard Coley, who lives in Florida, it's a tradition. He's gone to ninety-four Chick-fil-A grand openings in twenty-four states in just seven years, and he has 5,000 coupons to prove it."After spending some time on Chick-fil-A property and keeping my eyes and ears open, learning more and more about Chick-fil-A, it's so much more than just some free food."
For some, it's a chance to see old friends, who traveled hundreds of miles for the experience. "You see a lot of the same people, especially in the southeast region, you see a lot of the same people over and over, which is great, just catching up to people from time to time," said Nick DeWiggins, who made the drive from Pensacola, Florida.
"It's kind of a little bit of a ministry opportunity for me, because most of my coupons, I end up giving away to missionaries and servicemen and police men, and things like that," said Bob Larios, who traveled from Georgia for his thirtieth grand opening.
The campers will have to stay in the parking lot until Chick-fil-A's grand opening Thursday morning at 6:00 to claim the grand prize. They'll each get fifty-two coupons for free value meals, redeemable at any Chick-fil-A location in the country.