Millsboro – Local franchise owner Tim Sweetman will open Millsboro’s first Chick-fil-A restaurant on April 5, bringing 100 new jobs to the area. The grand opening week will provide a chance for 100 adults to win free Chick-fil-A meals for a year and the opportunity for the community to donate gently used children’s books and clothing to three local elementary schools, says Spokeswoman Cindy Chapman.
A family-friendly overnight First 100 celebration will pop up in the restaurant parking lot at 30141 Commerce Drive at 6 a.m. on April 4, 24 hours before the grand opening. Guests will try to be one of the first 100 adults through the door to win a year of free Chick-fil-A meals. The community event is open to those residing in specific zip codes surrounding the restaurant with details and rules found at https://thechickenwire.chick-fil-a.com/News/Future-Openings.
The Chick-fil-A First 100
A tradition going back more than 14 years, Chick-fil-A’s First 100 celebration has given away more than
$34 million in free food through 2017 and continues to be the chain’s signature grand opening event. Rain, snow and extreme temperatures do not deter Chick-fil-A fans who arrive with tents, chairs, TVs and computers to stay entertained.
Each fan hopes to win a digital offer card loaded with a one-year supply 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) that will be awarded to the first 100 eligible adults– ages 18 and older with identification – around 5:45 a.m. on April 5. If more than 100 people are onsite when the line officially opens at 6 a.m. on April 4 a drawing will be held to randomly select the First 100. Those chosen will be required to camp out until the grand opening in order to secure their spot.
Children’s Book and Clothing Drive
Reflective of his passion around making a difference, Sweetman is using his opening to invite his First 100 and restaurant guests to participate in a children’s book and clothing drive benefitting John M. Clayton, East Millsboro and Longneck elementary schools. He will be collecting new and gently used children’s books and clothing, including shoes, for children in elementary and middle school, through grand opening week. The donated books will be placed in a nearly 3-foot Book House, built from reclaimed wood. Since 2014, Chick-fil-A has collected more than 57,000 books that have been donated to 325 local organizations in 45 states and Washington, D.C.
The 5,000-square-foot Millsboro Chick-fil-A restaurant features a:
- heritage restaurant design that showcases handmade, authentic materials for a vintage-inspired interior, including a large gathering table made from reclaimed wood, subway tiles, and light fixtures made from recycled Coca-Cola bottles and peach baskets.
- two-story interactive indoor play area for children and free Wi-Fi.
- drive-thru service featuring dual ordering lanes and screens to enable customers to move quickly into a single lane for payment and pickup and two designated Chick-fil-A One app ordering pickup parking spaces.
- dining room that seats 107 and additional outdoor patio seating for 12.
- full-service menu with a variety of healthy and dietary options and breakfast until 10:30 a.m., and will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Chick-fil-A locations are closed on Sunday to provide a day of rest and time with family and friends for team members.
Chick-fil-A first opened in Delaware 25 years ago at the Dover Mall in 1993. The new Chick-fil-A in Millsboro becomes the 12th location in the state and is among the 140 Chick-fil-A locations scheduled to open this year across the country, creating more than 13,000 new jobs. For more information on the new Millsboro Chick-fil-A visit Facebook at http://www.cfamillsboro.com.
Millsboro franchise owner, Tim Sweetman, a Maryland native, grew up eating Chick-fil-A at an Annapolis mall and knew his first job would be at Chick-fil-A. As a teen, he became a team member at the chain’s Edgewater location where he learned more about Chick-fil-A’s focus on hand-crafted food and personalized customer service.
After graduating from Boyce College in Louisville, Ky., Sweetman returned to Chick-fil-A as director of training and leadership development for three Annapolis restaurants. Between his passion for the brand as a customer and his experience serving the community and mentoring team members, Sweetman became convinced that the operator opportunity was a great fit for his entrepreneurial goals, He and his wife, Emily, and their family can’t wait to serve the Millsboro community, sad Chapman.
Sweetman is continuing to interview for full- and part-time positions to reach his goal of 100 new jobs with benefits including scholarships, flexible schedules, and Sundays off to spend time with family and friends. Interested applicants may apply online at http://www.cfamillsboro.com.