Western New York’s first Chick-Fil-A will open at 6 a.m. on Thursday. A snowstorm the day before the grand opening didn’t stop people from camping out at the restaurant.
The first 100 people in line will receive a meal each week for the next year. As of about 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, there were nearly 50 people waiting.
“We’re so excited for the franchisee here,” said Scott Marymiak, a Hamburg resident who is waiting in line.
Marymiak is one of several Chick-Fil-A fans who have set up tents in the restaurant’s parking lot. The snowstorm that hit the area Wednesday didn’t scare anyone away. It did cause issues for some of them, however.
“We’re just trying to save the tent at this point,” said Garrett Steiger as he scrambled to keep the tent up. “We have some broken poles. But we’re making it work.”
The restaurant brought in a third party, Elevate Experiences, to handle the promotion, as they have at other locations across the country. Sean Specie, who works with Elevate, says their first priority will be safety.
“If the weather becomes too severe, then we might change plans on the fly and it might be called before 6 a.m.,” Specie said.