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Oct 29, 2014 3:47 PM

Chick-fil-A opens first stand-alone store in Nashua, NH


NASHUA - Chick-fil-A calls them the "First 100" - the first 100 customers in line for the restaurant's grand opening Thursday.

An on-going tradition is continuing in Nashua. Campers from far and wide are camping out and waiting for the doors to open so they can be eligible for a year of free food at the popular fast-food restaurant.

"It always surprises me, but we have the best customers in the world here with Chick-Fil-A. They are truly raving fans and we are happy to have them out there," said owner and operator, Anthony Piccola.

The free food is a nice perk but it's the culture of the "First 100" that brings campers from around Nedw Hampshire and neighboring states.

"We picked him up at his house first, an hour and a half to there, and then five hours from there to here. We go to the openings because there is a lot of fellowship and we like the morals of the company, we like the food, and it's a great event. You know most of the people here are wonderful people," said David Sabalusky, a "First 100" veteran.

He's been to about 24 such events.

The experience of meeting new people and camping out in a parking lot is what drew newcomers in. They decided to take the few days off from work to make it happen.

"Yeah we're both, all four of us are taking a vacation day, and I would just like to say that if anyone wants to bring me a pizza, I like pepperoni. I'll be here until tomorrow at 5:30 a.m.," said first timer, Adam Tomlinson.

Those gentlemen took the opportunity to ask for a pizza because one of the rules is they are not allowed to leave the premises. They could lose their spot in line and then potentially miss their chance at winning a one-year supply of free Chick-fil-A.


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