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Chick-fil-A is "Moo"ving in to Cordele

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CORDELE, Ga.  – Chick-fil-A® contributes to the growth of Cordele's local community with the construction of the city's first stand-alone Chick-fil-A restaurant – harmonizing its award-winning menu and customer service with its tradition of quality and excellence while also bringing upward of 70 new jobs. 

 MeriBeth McNeill has been selected as the franchisee to operate the new restaurant.  Chick-fil-A will celebrate breaking ground on its Cordele location during an event at the new site at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 20.  Local city officials and chamber members will be present for the ceremony along with the ever-popular Chick-fil-A "Eat Mor Chikin®" Cows.  Community residents are welcome to attend.

Located at 1711 16th Avenue E. the new restaurant is projected to open in January 2013. It will feature a 4,275 square-foot interior that seats 144 and an award-winning drive-thru.

Parents will appreciate the indoor play area that also features an interactive section for toddlers.

Chick-fil-A will celebrate the grand opening of the new Cordele restaurant by giving away a one-year supply of free Chick-fil-A meals (52 certificates) to the first 100 adults in line on opening day.

The "First 100" celebration draws Chick-fil-A Raving Fans® up to 24 hours in advance. They arrive with tents, air beds, TVs, lap top computers, gaming systems and other activities to pass the time while camping out overnight. Since the event began in October 2003, Chick-fil-A has given away more than $16 million in free food. 

The Cordele restaurant will be one of nearly 100 locations the company plans to open in 2013.  The chain will open 96 locations across the country in 2012, creating nearly 7,000 new jobs.

Despite the challenging economy, Chick-fil-A continued to grow in 2011, reporting record-setting annual sales of more than $4 billion, representing a 13 percent increase over 2010 and the 44th consecutive year of sales growth since the company began in 1967.

Chick-fil-A topped large chain category in Zagat's 2011 National Fast Food Restaurant Survey that measured the opinions of 6,000 consumers covering 103 chains. With each chain being rated on its quality of food, service and facilities, the survey scored Chick-fil-A first in service and the chargrilled sandwich categories; and second in the areas of food, best drive-thru, most child friendly, and facilities.

In 2011, Chick-fil-A also received Consumer Reports Top Chicken Chain for food and service.

For more information about the Cordele Chick-fil-A and hiring opportunities, please visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/CFACordele.