Update: I’ve been tied up this morning helping some journalism students, but I had an email from a Chick-fil-A spokeswoman who said there were more than 200 people lined up outside the Salem Chick-fil-A this morning. Because there are more than 100 people, those in line will be entered in a raffle for the gift certificates.
The opening of the much-anticipated Salem Chick-fil-A is Thursday, but before then dozens of fans are expected to camp out for a chance to win gift certificates to eat at the fast-food restaurant once a week for a year.
The first 100 adults in line at the West Main Street restaurant will each be awarded 52 gift certificates.
Fans are asked not to line up more than 24 hours before the 6:30 a.m. opening. Official rules for the giveaway can be found here.
Chick-fil-A’s President and Chief Operating Officer Dan Cathy will join those camping out and has promised to play his bugle Thursday morning.
So Salem’s Miranda Beck reports that the franchisee, Shaine Miles, is a 1992 graduate of Salem High School. For the last five years, he and his wife were franchise owner and community director of the Riverhill Chik-fil-A in Ashland, Ky. They are moving to Salem with their son.
Construction on the restaurant started in December.