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Chick-fil-A Opens Thursday, Protest Still Planned

Restaurant offering free chicken for a year to first 100 in line.

The first Chick-fil-A at 2740 Route 34 in Oswego is set to open at 6:30 a.m. on Thursday.

To celebrate its opening, the restaurant is giving away free chicken for a year to the first 100 people in line.

The “First 100 Celebration” has become a hallmark of each grand opening, all starting when an individual in 2003 came to an Arizona Chick-fil-A 18 hours before it opened and asked where to get in line.

Since then, the chain has given away more than $16 million in free food at almost 600 grand openings.

Oswego residents wanting a chance at free chicken started lining up at the Chick-fil-A at 6 a.m. on Wednesday. Free meal cards will be awarded the Thursday morning around 6 a.m. If there are more than 100 people in line by 6 a.m. on Wednesday, spots will be determined by raffle.

“You pretty much just have to stay in line,” said Village President Brian LeClercq, who has been in conversation with Oswego Chick-fil-A owner Nolan Hatley. “They will feed you breakfast, lunch and dinner while in line and there will be a band playing later as well.” Chick-fil-A’s bathroom will also be available.

Oswego Police Chief Dwight A. Baird said there will be a police presence at the restaurant as well to make sure everyone is safe during the evening and overnight hours.

“There are some traffic concerns,” said Baird, of getting people in and out of the parking lot. He said the Oswego Police would be keeping an eye on things and Chick-fil-A would also have people to help direct traffic.

“I look forward to having another viable business in Oswego,” said LeClercq.

Chick-fil-A though has received some backlash over statements from its president Dan Cathy, who said he was guilty as charged" in support of the "biblical definition of the family unit," according to the AP.

Oswego High School graduate Becky Gipson is organizing a peaceful protest against Chick-fil-A opening in Oswego.

“We’re going to be there to show others how Chick-fil-A donates money to organizations that are fighting equality,” said Gipson. “I don’t want this to be about religion.”

The event is being promoted on Facebook and Gipson says there could be upwards of 100 people turning out to protest. The group will be standing on the public parkway and will be holding signs.

“We will not be approaching anyone, we will not be yelling,” said Gipson. “If someone approaches us we will talk to them and debate, but we will not be approaching anyone at the restaurant.”

The official ribbon cutting ceremony is scheduled at 9 a.m. on Thursday.

Keith February 22, 2013 at 12:31 AM
Logan, if you go back to 8-22-12 at 8:17 a.m., you will notice that your very first post was attacking CFA's food as being unhealthy and I simply responded by presenting the facts to refute your argument. So, is white meat healthier than red meat? Is grilled chicken healtier than hamburgers? The answer is "yes" to both questions and you know it.
Logansdad February 22, 2013 at 02:07 AM
I am not going to sit here and debate the how healthy the sandwiches are at CFA. If you want to believe their food is healthy then scarf it down. You can eat their for 30 days in a row for all I care. The fact is, it is fast food and fast food is not healthy. You can claim a salad is healthy for you, but it isnt when you add all kinds of cheeses and croutons and dressing. Go back an actually look at their chicken sandwiches and see how much sodium is in them. I wonder if you think something with 450 calories 22g of fat 90mg of cholesterol and 960mg of sodium is really healthy for you. I bet just reading those numbers you wouldnt be able to tell me if that was a chicken sandwich, burger, burrito or something else. And to answer your question is grilled chicken healthier than burgers. Not necessarily. Compare the grilled chicken sandwich at McD's to their hamburger. You will see they are very similar in nutrition.
Keith February 22, 2013 at 02:37 AM
Logan said, "Compare the grilled chicken sandwich at McD's to their hamburger. You will see they are very similar in nutrition." We aren't talking about McD's grilled chicken sandwich. We are talking about CFA's grilled chicken sandwich. The truth is practically all restaurants (fast food, casual dining and fine dining) have high calorie, high fat, and high sodium items on their menu. The question is why are you singling out CFA? It really has nothing to do with their food. It is because of your political views against the company. That's all.
Logansdad February 22, 2013 at 02:54 AM
"We aren't talking about McD's grilled chicken sandwich. We are talking about CFA's grilled chicken sandwich." Your original statement was: Is grilled chicken healtier than hamburgers? The answer is "yes" to both questions Where did it say compare CFA food to anything. It didn't. I compare chicken to hamburgers. You dont want to admit that CFA food is not healthy for you, but wait you just did with this statement: The truth is practically all restaurants (fast food, casual dining and fine dining) have high calorie, high fat, and high sodium items on their menu. "It is because of your political views against the company" And so what if it is. Did you forget about the first amendment? Have I tried to prevent you from eating at CFA. Nope. So why the heck do you care? Are you going to tell me you never boycotted a business because of your political views? Go and eat all the CFA chicken sandwiches you want. I could care less. If it makes you warm and fuzzy inside then good for you. I wont be stepping foot in that restaurant.
Keith February 22, 2013 at 04:26 AM
"Both chicken and beef provide nutrients that support cardiovascular health. If you have to choose one, choose chicken because it provides fewer grams of saturated fat and cholesterol, and similar levels of other nutrients compared to beef." Livestrong.com Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/440804-which-is-best-for-your-heart-beef-or-chicken/#ixzz2LbAp7UNS

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