Chick-fil-A set to open long-awaited Leland location with campout party

Chick-fil-A set to open long-awaited Leland location with campout party
Leland Chick-Fil-A poised to open (Source: WECT)

LELAND, N.C. (WECT) - It’s been two and a half years in the making, but Chick-fil-A is set to finally open its Leland location to a hungry public.

The grand opening for Chick-fil-A Leland Town Center will kick off December 4 and carry on into Dec. 5. The first 100 people in line for the official opening will receive free Chick-fil-A for a year.

A spokesperson says 58 participants lined up Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. for a camp out party full of games, dancing and a Chick-fil-A meal during the 12-hour countdown to the opening. In the morning, the Chick-fil-A cow will lead them in a conga line through the restaurant to receive their prize first thing in the morning.

In July 2017, the popular fast-food restaurant was initially announced as one of the first tenants for the Leland Town Center which will sit on 63 acres in between Ploof Road and Ocean Gate Plaza near Walmart.

At the time, construction was expected to wrap up the following summer, but due to delays, construction didn’t begin until last August.

A Starbucks and Heartland Dental are also expected to be housed at Leland Town Center.

Chick-fil-A opened Wilmington’s first location in 1979 at Independence Mall. The Chick-fil-A at Leland Town Center becomes the eighth location within a 25-mile radius, and is adding around 100 jobs to the area.

“I am excited to have an opportunity to serve the Leland community both inside and outside my restaurant,” said Operator Veronica Weibel. “I am committed to developing my Team Members as together we provide a remarkable experience and make our restaurant a home to our guests who become part of our family.”

The Leland location features dual-lane drive thru that can handle upwards of 200 cars an hour, a 115-seat dining room with a two-story indoor playground and free Wi-Fi, along with a 16-seat outdoor patio.

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