NORWALK, CT - Franchise owner Archer Bullock will open Norwalk’s first Chick-fil-A restaurant on Oct. 19 with a community celebration that includes the chance for 100 adults to participate in a grand opening Chick-fil-A First 100 campout and a children’s book drive for the Boys & Girls Club of Stamford.
The celebration begins at 6 a.m. Oct. 18 when a family friendly overnight First 100 party will pop up in the new restaurant parking lot at 467 Connecticut Ave. 24 hours before the grand opening as guests try to be one of the first 100 adults through the door to win a year of free Chick-fil-A meals. This community event is open to guests residing in specific zip codes surrounding the restaurant. A list of eligible zip codes and rules can be found at https://thechickenwire.chick-fil-a.com/News/Future-Openings.
The Chick-fil-A First 100
A tradition going back 14 years, Chick-fil-A’s First 100 celebration has given away more than $31 million in free food through 2016 and continues to be the chain’s signature grand opening event. Rain, snow and extreme temperatures do not deter Chick-fil-A fans who arrive with tents, chairs, TVs and computers.
Each fan hopes to win a digital offer card loaded with a one-year supply of free Chick-fil-A meals (52 meals with each consisting of a Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwich, medium Waffle Potato Fries and a medium beverage) that will be awarded to the first 100 eligible adults– ages 18 and older with identification – around 5:45 a.m. on Oct. 19. If more than 100 people are onsite when the line officially opens at 6 a.m. on Oct. 18, a drawing will be held to randomly select the First 100. Those chosen will be required to camp out until the grand opening in order to secure their spot.
About Franchise Operator Archer Bullock
Bullock, who graduated from Phoenix University in business management, worked for many years in retail management and first encountered Chick-fil-A as a customer at the chain’s Brookfield location. Impressed by the genuine hospitality and the freshly prepared food, Bullock visited often and over time decided he wanted to learn more about the chain. His personal Chick-fil-A experiences, the experiences of others and his research into the brand convinced him the franchise owner opportunity was a great fit with his desire to positively impact young people and his community.
Becoming a Chick-fil-A franchise owner is no small feat with the chain receiving 27,000 applications each year for about 100 available locations. Bullock ultimately decided to pursue the opportunity and earlier this year was selected franchise owner of the Norwalk location. He and his wife, Sarah, and their five children are thrilled to be opening a location in the area where Sarah grew up, many family members live and where they have called home for several years.
“My family, team members and I can’t wait to welcome guests to the Norwalk Chick-fil-A where our goal will be to provide a remarkable experience by serving freshly prepared food, with healthy options, and with sincere hospitality,” said Bullock. “We’re not just in the chicken business — we’re in the people business and we are thrilled to serve the community which has such strong ties to our family.”
Children’s Book Drive
Reflecting his desire to continually have a positive impact on the surrounding community, Bullock is inviting his First 100 guests and restaurant customers to participate in a children’s book drive benefitting the Boys & Girls Club of Stamford. New and gently used books can be dropped off at the new location between 6:30 a.m. and 10 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 19. The donated books will be placed in a nearly 3-foot Book House to serve as a free library exchange. The Book House, built from reclaimed wood, is donated by the Chick-fil-A Foundation (www.chick-fil-afoundation.org). Since 2014, Chick-fil-A has collected more than 41,177 books that have been donated to 241 local organizations in 43 states and Washington, D.C.
The Norwalk Chick-fil-A restaurant features a:
- heritage restaurant interior design that showcases handmade, authentic materials for a vintage-inspired interior, including a large gathering table made from reclaimed wood, subway tiles, and a light fixture made from recycled Coca-Cola bottles.
- two-story interactive indoor play area for children and free Wi-Fi.
- designated Chick-fil-A Mobile One ordering pickup parking spaces and dual drive-thru ordering lanes and screens to enable customers to move quickly into a single lane for payment and pickup.
- dining room with seating for 130 with additional outdoor patio seating.
- newly hired staff of 110 team members.
- full-service menu with a variety of healthy options and breakfast until 10:30 a.m., and will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Like all Chick-fil-A locations, it will be closed on Sunday to provide a day of rest and time with family and friends for team members.
Chick-fil-A in Connecticut
Norwalk’s Chick-fil-A becomes the eighth Chick-fil-A restaurant in Connecticut and comes almost exactly three years after the chain began expanding in the state. The first Chick-fil-A restaurant in Connecticut opened in October 2014 in Brookfield and was quickly followed by locations in Danbury and Wallingford. The Norwalk restaurant is among the 117 Chick-fil-A locations scheduled to open this year across the country, creating more than 10,000 new jobs. For more information on the new Chick-fil-A restaurant, visit Facebook at www.facebook.com/CFANorwalk/.