BREA (CBS) — With hundreds of people in line for a new Chick-fil-A restaurant opening in Brea, the company is utilizing a new raffle system to reward its loyal customers.

The new restaurant opens Thursday morning at 1647 E. Imperial Highway and has drawn 205 people to wait in line a full 24 hours before the eatery’s opening for a chance to win free Chick-fil-A for a year.

Raffle tickets for the 100 spots eligible for a free year of Chick-fil-A were distributed and just 110 people – including the guests of the lucky 100 — will be allowed to stick around until the restaurant’s opening Thursday.

Chick-fil-A restaurant openings invariably draw crowds of people camping out in hopes of being one of the first 100 to be rewarded with a year of free meals.

The new restaurant in Brea will feature a dual-order drive-thru pattern. The company says the Brea restaurant will be among the 40 new restaurants they plan to open in California over the next 18 months.

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Comments (6)
  1. joe says:

    How sad can you get to wait over 24 hrs to get overrated free chicken sandwiches for a year. I am not that desperate to stand in line for junk food especially camp overnite. This is not a 3rd world country but people are sure acting like it!

  2. socal says:

    The chicken is excellent- and as far as ‘fast food’ it is the best. Dont knock it until you try everything on the menu. If I lived close to a new one opening, you bet I’d try to get a free sandwich or two, let alone a whole year’s worth!

  3. daewooparts says:

    i bet David Choi was waiting at Chick fil a !!!

  4. Jim B. says:

    Chick-Fil-A supports anti-gay groups, so I no longer support them. And yes, the food is mediocre to be generous. Read all about it here:

  5. cluck-u says:

    i thought the free food was for customers with “ching” or “chong” as their last names..

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