People camp out in front of new Chick-fil-A in Bartlett


Customers camp out in front of Chick-fil-A in Bartlett. (Ian Ripple).

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BARTLETT, Tenn. — A new Chick-fil-A opens in Bartlett Thursday morning and people are camping out, hoping to be the first to get inside.

Dozens of people have set up tents in the parking lot at Kirby and Whitten near Stage Road.

Chick-fil-A will hold a ribbon cutting, flag raising and first bite ceremony at 9 a.m.

The first 100 customers get a free Chick-fil-A meal every week for one year.

This is the first Chick-fil-A to open in Bartlett.

Bartlett baptist church Pastor Michael Priest’s wife and son where one of the 100 who received free Chick-fil-A for a year.

He says even though he didn’t win he’s just excited to have the popular fast-food chain near work.

“My office is about a mile North of here, just under a mile, so it’s just a real quick easy run up the road for me and have a great lunch,” Priest said.

Allen Arant, operator of the new Bartlett Chick-fil-A, says the response has been overwhelming.

“The community is very excited about us coming here and being apart of the community,” Arant said. “People have been coming into the restaurant before since the third week of February asking if we were open.”

Arant says he appreciated the turn out for the opening despite the cold night.

Priest says that he’s most excited about the design. He highlighted the mobile pick up being separate from the main orders as a key feature. He says it doesn’t cause “congestion to those standing in line.”

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