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One hundred and thirty-five customers camped outside of Chick-fil-A starting at 6 a.m. Wednesday morning. The new Provo Chick-fil-A officially opens on Thursday, Jan. 9, at 6 a.m. (Photo by Rebecca Lane)

One hundred and thirty-five customers camped outside of Chick-fil-A starting at 6 a.m. Wednesday. The new Provo Chick-fil-A officially opens on Thursday, Jan. 9, at 6 a.m. (Photo by Rebecca Lane)

PROVO – Camping outside in the snow is no easy task, and neither is a challenge to build a snow cow, but that didn’t deter the 135 avid Chick-fil-A fans camped in the store’s parking lot to earn their year of free Chick-fil-A meals.

With the opening of a new location for Chick-fil-A in Provo, 175 chicken fans lined up outside of Chick-fil-A at 6 a.m. to try for a chance at receiving 52 coupons with each consisting of a Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwich, medium Waffle Potato Fries and a medium drink.

Of the 175 customers, only 100 of their names were drawn from a hat guaranteeing them those 52 coupons as long as they stayed on the Chick-fil-A property until the store officially opens on Thursday, Jan. 9, at 6 a.m.

Michael Meier of Provo and his brother Jon Meier have been planning for a while to camp out to earn some Chick-fil-A coupons.

“I use to work at Chick-fil-A back in high school. Love the food, love the company,” Michael Meier said. “We heard about the openings back then, and when they finally opened one nearby, we knew we wanted to be here.”

While it was cold and wet outside, the Meier brothers weren’t upset about their camping situation.

“It makes for a better story rather than those people in Florida who go and camp out in the sun,” said Jon Meier, who drove down from Logan to attend.

Michael Meier shovels snow as Jon Meier (right of Michael) looks on as their group tries to build a snow cow during one of Chick-fil-A's First 100 challenge. (Photo by Rebecca Lane)

Michael Meier shovels snow as Jon Meier (right of Michael) looks on as their group tries to build a snow cow during one of Chick-fil-A’s First 100 challenge. (Photo by Rebecca Lane)

The campers weren’t completely left on their own. Chick-fil-A offers free meals, indoor bathrooms and outlets for plugging in heaters to their loyal customers. The business doesn’t even leave campers to entertain themselves 100 percent of the time. They hold challenges throughout the day for campers to try and earn a prize, such as a 15 minute challenge to build the tallest snow cow. (Maybe the snow is good for something.)

Provo Chick-fil-A’s Owner and Operator Terry Crook says he doesn’t remember another opening where it has snowed this much. Crook has worked for Chick-fil-A for 22 years and is excited for the new location in Provo.

“I like that I get to interact with so many people,” Crook said. “That’s what I try to tell my employees. This is an opportunity to make friends and family outside of your immediate group and get paid for it. Yeah, we sell a chicken sandwich, and it’s a great chicken sandwich, but above and beyond that it is a community opportunity to welcome people into the restaurant.”

Provo’s Chick-fil-A officially opens it’s doors at 484 W. Bulldog Blvd. on Thursday morning at 6 a.m. The restaurant is open Monday through Saturday from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., and will serve a full breakfast menu until 10:30 a.m.

 

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