The Blade/Dave Zapotosky
Dozens of people gathered at the new Chick-fil-A restaurant in Perrysburg Township yesterday in hopes of winning free food for a year.
The restaurant, at 10315 Fremont Pike, is scheduled to open today at 6:30 a.m.
Each of the first 100 adults in line will get 52 certificates for a Chick-fil-A meal.
At 6 a.m. Wednesday, about 60 people already were gathered outside the restaurant. Many brought tents, sleeping bags, and other equipment to make the wait more comfortable.
Chick-fil-A’s “First 100 Celebration” has become a hallmark of each grand opening since the chain first held the event in Arizona in 2003.
The Perrysburg Township store is the first stand-alone Chick-fil-A in the Toledo area. Another is scheduled to open Nov. 29 at the corner of Talmadge Rd. and Sylvania Ave. in Toledo. The Chick-fil-A location inside the Westfield Franklin Park mall will remain open.
Company officials said the two new restaurants will provide a total of about 200 jobs.
Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy, the son of the company’s founder, sparked controversy earlier this year with comments opposing same-sex marriage. Long lines formed outside Chick-fil-A restaurants on an “appreciation day” and opponents countered with “kiss-ins” by same-sex couples.