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Chick-fil-A to Open Howland Store Sept. 9

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WARREN, Ohio – The Chick-fil-A Inc. chain will open its Howland Township restaurant, its first in Trumbull County, Sept. 9. The grand opening event will feature the chance for 100 customers to win free Chick-fil-A meals for a year and a book-collection program to benefit Inspiring Minds.

The new restaurant, 1885 Niles-Cortland Road SE, will have 90 employees and feature the chain’s newest interior and kitchen design, according to the company. It will offer seating for 132 in its dining room with patio seating for 28, and offer dual drive-thru ordering lanes.

Additional features of the restaurant will include free Wi-Fi and an indoor play area.

As part of the grand opening, Chick-fil-A will host a “First 100” event  that will award more than $32,000 in free food.

A digital offer card loaded with a one-year supply of free Chick-fil-A Meals will be given to each of the first 100 eligible adults, ages 18 and older with identification, in line when the doors open about 6 a.m. Wednesday.

If more than 100 people are onsite when the line officially opens at 6 a.m. Tuesday, then all 100 spots will be determined by a drawing held that morning with those selected needing to camp out for 24 hours to secure their spot.

Over 12 years, Chick-fil-A has given away more than $25 million at “First 100” grand openings. The event is open to guests who live in specific zip codes surrounding the restaurant. A complete listing of zip codes and rules is available here.

In addition, Howland Commons Chick-fil-A Operator Derek Emerson will collect new children’s books at the new restaurant between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Tuesday and during business hours Wednesday and Thursday. The books will be donated to Inspiring Minds.

The Howland Commons Chick-fil-A is one of 88 locations the Atlanta-based chain plans to open in 2015. Chick-fil-A has more than 1,920 restaurants nationwide.  The chain reported sales of nearly $6 billion in 2014.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.