Chick-fil-A opens with record crowds

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony of Chick-fil-A Morris Plains

MORRIS PLAINS — Chick-fil-A officially opened to the public on Thursday, June 13.

The rain didn’t stop the people waiting in line for a chance to win  “Chick-fil-A® First 100® Red Carpet Rollout Giveaway.” At 5:00 a.m., there were 463 people waiting on line to participate in the giveaway. There were a few hundred that arrived after 5:00 a.m., but were turned away.

Mount Tabor resident, Allison Moore, was lucky and her raffle was pulled and she became #1 contestant to win a year of Chick-fil-A.

Chick-fil-A has selected Drew Blind as the local franchise owner of the chain’s Morris Plains restaurant and they hired 125 new Team Members.

Drew, 34, grew up in East Hanover and currently resides in Morris Plains with his wife, Colleen and two daughters. He graduated Hanover Park High School and Lock Haven University. He was the former owner of Chick-fil-A in the Garden State Plaza.

Blind is excited to return to his hometown where numerous family members reside and where his Chick-fil-A career began. As a Team Member at the chain’s location in Howell, Blind worked at Chick-fil-A as a teen and during breaks while attending college at Lock Haven University in Pennsylvania.

The new restaurant is located at 1711 Route 10 East, Briarcliff Commons Shopping Center, Morris Plains and is open Monday through Saturday 6:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.