Get ready for easier access to one of the most addictive fast food chicken sandwiches as Chick-fil-A gets set to open locations in Hicksville and Commack on Nov. 3.
Diehard fans know a Chick-fil-A opening means it’s time to round up the camping gear. Twenty four hours before the 6 a.m. opening, both restaurants will host First 100 parties in their parking lots, attracting residents who line up and camp out for the chance to win free Chick-fil-A meals for a year — that’s 52 chicken sandwiches, waffle fries and medium drinks.
The openings bring approximately 280 jobs to the area. The new restaurants fall among 104 Chick-fil-A openings across the country. Each location is about 5,000 square feet and features reclaimed wood and subway tile accents as well as light fixtures made from recycled Coca-Cola baskets. They both offer drive-through, free Wi-Fi and a two-story play area for kids.
The first Long Island Chick-fil-A opened in Port Jefferson Station in 2015, with fans making the pilgrimage for the classic sandwich, chicken deluxe sandwich, chicken nuggets or chicken on a biscuit for breakfast. The Commack and Hicksville openings mark seven Chick-fil-A locations in New York. The first Chick-fil-A in the state opened as a licensee location at New York University in 2004.
Chick-fil-A was in the news in June with the rollout of the mobile app that came with the promise of free chicken sandwiches. The app allows diners to order, pay ahead and avoid in-store lines at pickup. It also allows custom orders and incentivizes mobile ordering with deals and free treats.
That same month, the Atlanta-based company was listed as No. 1 in a consumer satisfaction survey from the American Customer Satisfaction Index regarding fast food restaurants. It’s an improved stance from 2012, when the company was mired in controversy due to CEO Dan T. Cathy’s public stance against same-sex marriage and the company’s financial support for groups with similar values.
Brian Beasley of Westhampton Beach is the franchisee for the Commack location. New Long Islander and former South Carolina-resident, Erin Elko will operate the Hicksville location. Both are hosting a book drive during First 100 and on opening day for a local school and youth organization, respectively.
First 100 has been an opening day tradition for just over a decade, relatively recent in the history of Chick-fil-A, the first of which opened in an Atlanta suburb in 1946. First 100 is open to customers 18 and older who reside in zip codes surrounding the restaurants. A list of eligible zip codes and rules can be found at chick-fil-a.com/Locations/Openings.
Chick-fil-A is open from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Like all Chick-fil-A locations, they will be closed on Sunday.
Chick-fil-A, 656 Commack Road, Commack, 631-499-1280, http://www.facebook.com/cfacommack
Chick-fil-A, 1401 Broadway Mall, Hicksville, 866-232-2040, http://www.facebook.com/cfahicksville