Chick-fil-A fans wait in line for free food

Posted at 4:20 PM, Feb 27, 2013
and last updated 2013-02-27 18:28:13-05

MURRAY, Utah - Hundreds of Chick-fil-A fans have set up a makeshift tent city at the new restaurant in Murray ahead of its opening on Thursday.

Hundreds of people in dozens of tents are gathering outside the restaurant at 5175 South State Street in hopes of winning free food.

"We are hanging out at the Chick-fil-A for 24 hours," said Katrina Bullock.

Mark Brousseau was driving down State Street when he saw the crowd.

"I was wondering what was going on with the tents. I was wondering what was going on with the news here," Brousseau said. "That's incredible to me that people would spend that much time and energy to get free food for a year."

But the camp-out is a Chick-fil-A tradition. The first 100 adults in line will receive free food for a year in the form of 52 chicken combo meals, one per week.

"This is actually my sixth time," Bullock said.

Bullock, her son and two friends have been through the wait before, at five other Utah restaurant openings. Each has spent 144 hours waiting in line, receiving 312 free combos.

Those 144 hours may seem impressive, but Chick-fil-A staff say some fans go around the country following restaurant openings. A Florida couple has been to 100 camp-out grand openings.

The store opens at 6 a.m. on Thursday.