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Tue Jan 29, 2019, 05:36 PM

Too cold for free chicken: Chick-fil-A cancels grand opening campouts at new St. Louis County restau

Two new Chick-fil-A restaurants will open as planned in north St. Louis County Thursday but the openings will be without the outdoor lines and giveaways that typically accompany the chain's grand opening events.

Chick-fil-A usually invites the first 100 customers at a new location to wait in line up to 24 hours before the doors open to be eligible to win free Chick-fil-A for a year.

But the cold weather and wind chills in the St. Louis area this week prompted the Atlanta-based chain to cancel the planned campouts and giveaways for restaurants opening in Bridgeton and Florissant.

The safety of our Team Members and customers is our utmost priority," Chick-fil-A said in a statement. "We have been monitoring the weather closely, and due to forecasts predicting below-zero wind chills, the First 100 Campout event at our new restaurants in Bridgeton and Florissant has been canceled."


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