Chick-Fil-A and At Home open in Greece

The opening of two new stores in Greece this week will have first-day fans trying to pick between camping out for 24 hours to win a year of free chicken sandwiches at Chick-Fil-A, and lining up to be the first in the door at At Home, big-box warehouse store for home decor.

Chick-Fil-A  open at 6 a.m. Thursday, but will give away a year’s worth of meals to people who sign up and stay for the 24 hours prior. If there are more than 100 people at 6 a.m. Wednesday, the store will draw lots to see which 100 people will join the camp out at the new restaurant at 2140 West Ridge Road. Participants will have access to bathrooms, and the store will provide security over night, as well as breakfast, lunch and dinner during the camp-out.

Cindy Chapman, a corporate spokeswoman, said 160 were lined up the day that Chick-Fil-a opened its first upstate restaurant in Cicero, Onondaga County, recently.  The store held a preview Tuesday for media and supporters. The franchise owner is former bank executive Alan Taylor, who has lived in Greece since 1999.

Giveaways at Chick-Fil-A's preview Tuesday. Photo by Diana Louise Carter
Giveaways at Chick-Fil-A’s preview Tuesday. Photo by Diana Louise Carter

Taylor’s younger brother, Michael Taylor, who has worked at Chick-Fil-A for 11 years, was on hand for the opening. He became a franchise owner in early April in Chesapeake, Va.

Down the road at Ridgemont Plaza, At Home will open its second Rochester-area superstore at 9 a.m. Wednesday. The grand opening giveaways, however, are scheduled for its open house April 28, when At Home gives gift cards to the first 50 people who come to the store at 3049 West Ridge Road and sign up for its customer rewards program.

Both stores plan to make donations to the community. Chick-Fil-A had filled a house-shaped box with children’s books and was looking for a school or organization that would like it as a lending library, the first of an ongoing series of community projects. At Home, meanwhile, planned a $5,000 donation to the local chapter of Habitat for Humanity.

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