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Murray’s first Chick-fil-A restaurant opened Feb. 28, bringing more than 70 new jobs to the area. The first 100 adult customers in line received free Chick-fil-A food for a year.
Chick-fil-A’s “First 100” event, which began as a way to celebrate the first stand-alone Chick-fil-A in Arizona in 2003, immediately became the cornerstone of every Chick-fil-A grand opening when the first person arrived more than 18 hours the day before, wondering where to get in line. Others soon followed, and by the time the restaurant opened for business the next day, more than 100 were waiting.
Humbled and surprised by the dedication of its fans, Chick-fil-A quickly implemented the “First 100” at every grand opening, and in the past 10 years has given away more than $18 million in free food at almost 700 grand openings. An additional $2.5 million is slated to be given away at 102 grand openings this year.
The new Murray restaurant at 5175 S. State Street will be the scene of the latest Chick-fil-A grand opening celebration. The first 100 adults in line when the doors opened at 6 a.m. each received a one-year supply of free Chick-fil-A Meals (52 coupons with each consisting of a Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwich, medium Waffle Potato Fries and a medium drink).
Murray’s first Chick-fil-A restaurant brings with it more than 70 new jobs and features the chain’s latest interior and kitchen design along with dual drive-thru ordering lanes to expand its drive-thru service.
The new Murray Chick-fil-A will open 10 years after the chain opened its first stand-alone restaurant in Utah at South Towne Marketplace in Sandy in January 2003. Chick-fil-A first opened in the state in 1981 inside the Newgate Mall in Ogden and grew over time to include restaurants inside several malls in the metro Salt Lake City area. With the opening of the Sandy restaurant 10 years ago, the chain kicked off an expansion in the state that continues with the opening in Murray and a restaurant planned for St. George opening within the next few months. The chain now operates 15 restaurants in Utah.
The new restaurant has seating for 90 and includes an interactive play area for children. It is open Monday through Saturday from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.