The parking lot of the new Chick-fil-A restaurant on Route 50 in West Ocean City turned into a vanilla Shakedown Street of sorts on Wednesday as dozens gathered and camped out for a chance to win a year’s supply of the popular chain’s offerings.
Since a store opening in Arizona in 2003, each new Chick-fil-A has
hosted a “First 100 Celebration,” awarding the first 100 people in line
with a free year’s supply. With the new store set to open yesterday
morning, the line starting forming at 6 a.m. on Wednesday as tents were
pitched, cots and beds were hauled out and Frisbees and footballs flew.
By 9 a.m. on Wednesday, the first 49 individuals were given
wristbands marking their place in line and the crowd grew throughout
mid-morning. The magic 100 number was finally reached around 7 p.m. on
Wednesday night as the campers settled in anticipation of the early
Thursday morning opening when they could redeem their prize.