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There’s a party happening in Indian Land.
In case you wondered, that’s what was going on with all those tents set up in front of the new Chick-fil-A at 10032 Charlotte Highway in front of Walmart last Wednesday
Though the store officially opened at 6 a.m. Thursday, the franchise celebrated with its famous “First 100” promotion.
The event was a 24-hour party that began Wednesday morning and ended Thursday morning with a year’s worth of free Chick-fil-A meals for the first 100 people through the doors.
“We’re excited about being here in Indian Land,” owner/operator Barry McAllaster said. “This is our way of saying thank you.”
Chick-fil-A officially announced they’d be opening a new restaurant in Indian Land earlier this year, with work on the building beginning in April.
McAllaster, who gave up seven years of ownership in a Chick-fil-A on Albermarle Road in Charlotte to open the new store, said he expects business to be good in Indian Land, a location he said presents “great opportunities” in the next 20 years.
He said the restaurant has 68 employees, many of whom are students from Indian Land and other nearby high schools.
McAllaster said in addition to all the great chicken sandwiches and fresh ingredients Chick-fil-A is known for, the new restaurant will have a newly designed kitchen and a double drive-through to handle large volumes of customers.
McAllaster said he thinks the new restaurant is going to need them both with the interest folks in Indian Land are already showing.
“It’s like a volcano; I can feel the rumbling,” McAllaster said. “Everywhere we go, people are excited about us opening.”
Chick-fil-A’s roots go back to 1946 when founder Truett Cathy opened The Dwarf House in Hapville, Ga. Cathy went on to found Chick-fil-A in the early 1960s and, in 1967, pioneered the concept of mall fast food by opening a restaurant in an Atlanta mall. Still a family-owned business, Chick-fil-A is the second-largest quick-service chicken restaurant chain in the country, with more than 1,500 locations and sales of more than $3.5 billion.more than $3.5 billion in sales.
The new Indian Land Chick-fil-A is open 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday; 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday; closed on Sunday.
Contact reporter Reece Murphy at (803) 283-1151