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Free Chick-fil-A for a year? Community invited to celebrate opening

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PRINCE FREDERICK, Md.  – Chick-fil-A will open its first Calvert County restaurant in Prince Frederick on Nov. 29, bringing its handcrafted food and award-winning customer service, commitment to community engagement and hands-on mentoring for more than 110 newly hired Team Members.

Local franchise owner and Operator Todd Smith is inviting residents to join in the opening festivities at his new restaurant at 806 Solomons Island Rd. N by participating in a community celebration that has been a 15-year Chick-fil-A tradition. Chick-fil-A’s First 100 event will have given away more than $36 million through yearend 2018.

First 100 Campout event and children’s book drive

The family friendly overnight First 100 Campout party includes fun, engaging activities for all ages while enjoying Chick-fil-A meals throughout the countdown to the opening. Registration begins in the restaurant parking lot at 6 a.m., Nov. 28. Details include:

• Up to 100 adults will win a digital offer card with a year of free Chick-fil-A meals (52 meals with each consisting of a Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwich, medium Waffle Potato Fries and a medium beverage).
• The community event is open to guests surrounding the restaurant with a list of eligible zip codes and complete rules found at https://thechickenwire.chick-fil-a.com/News/Future-Openings.

The celebration includes a children’s book drive benefitting Reading Camp Calvert, one of several organizations Smith hopes to positively impact and support in the community. Since 2014, Chick-fil-A has donated nearly 70,000 books to 341 local organizations in 45 states and Washington, D.C.

“My team and I are thrilled to bring a long-awaited Chick-fil-A to Calvert County and Prince Frederick and also have an opportunity to serve the community outside our restaurant,” said Smith.

Restaurant details

Smith’s new 5,000-square-foot restaurant has been designed to enhance all aspects of a guest’s experience from the drive-thru to the counter to in-restaurant dining. Highlights include a:

• dining room that seats 102 with a vintage-inspired interior, including a large gathering table made from reclaimed wood, light fixtures from recycled Coca-Cola bottles, and an interactive two-story, indoor play area.
• Chick-fil-A app mobile ordering parking spot with designated inside pickup counter.
• full-service menu with a variety of healthy and dietary options, including breakfast until 10:30 a.m. Open 6:30
a.m. to 10 p.m., daily except Sundays.
• two-lane drive-thru merging into a single pick-up point that can handle upwards of 200 cars an hour

Smith is seeking enthusiastic, service-minded Team Members to work in all areas of the restaurant while also being given opportunities for leadership development and continuing education. Visit www.cfaprincefrederick.com for more details and to apply.

Thousands of Team Members are being impacted annually by Chick-fil-A’s Remarkable Futures education initiative. This year more than 5,700 Team Members were awarded with $14.65 million in scholarships, a $5.7 million increase from 2017 and one of the highest unrestricted per-employee scholarship investments in the industry. Team Members, who are beginning or continuing their higher education, are awarded scholarships in the amount of $2,500 or $25,000 that can be applied for any area of study at any accredited institution. In addition to $14.65 million in scholarships, all of Chick-fil-A’s 120,000 Team Members also have access to tuition discounts and other educational benefits at 100 colleges and universities nationwide.

About Operator Todd Smith

Becoming a Chick-fil-A franchise owner is no small feat as the company receives nearly 40,000 applications yearly for approximately 100 franchise opportunities. Before becoming an Operator, Smith spent a year traveling the country as part of Chick-fil-A’s Leadership Development Program serving as an interim manager at existing restaurants. In 2013, Smith’s dream of becoming an Operator was realized when he was selected for the Chick-fil-A Northeast Mall in Hurst, Texas, where he spent the next five years before being selected to operate the new location in Prince Frederick. Smith attended the University of Maryland and graduated with a degree in criminology. For Maryland natives Smith, his wife, Mary, and their five-year-old son, Cole, being selected to open the Prince Frederick restaurant is a true homecoming as Smith’s family has been living in southern Prince George's County since the 1700s.

“We are truly excited to return home to the Calvert County area and I know Prince Frederick is the best place for us to be,” said Smith. “We’re not just in the chicken business — we’re in the people business. Our goal is to provide a remarkable experience for every customer, every time, by serving food our guests can truly feel good about eating, providing sincere hospitality and being a good neighbor in the community we call home.”

Chick-fil-A expansion in Maryland

Chick-fil-A opened its first Maryland location inside Eastpoint Mall in Baltimore in 1980 and later continued to expand with stand-alone restaurants as consumer trends moved toward on-the-go dining. The new Prince Frederick location is the chain’s last opening in Maryland this year and is among the 129 Chick-fil-A locations scheduled to open this year across the country, creating more than 12,000 new jobs. Additional information about the Chick-fil-A at Prince Frederick can be found by visiting Chick-fil-A at Prince Frederick.

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