Fans camp out all night for chance at free Chick-fil-A in Lenoir

Fans camp out all night for chance at free Chick-fil-A in Lenoir City

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When driving by, the new Chick-fil-A looks more like a tent city than a restaurant. When driving by, the new Chick-fil-A looks more like a tent city than a restaurant.
Hundreds of people were camped out for 100 chances at 52 free Chick-fil-A meals. Hundreds of people were camped out for 100 chances at 52 free Chick-fil-A meals.
"It's almost $300 worth of food just for 24 hours of hanging out and just having a good time," said Nicholas Giaccone. "It's almost $300 worth of food just for 24 hours of hanging out and just having a good time," said Nicholas Giaccone.
By DREW GARDNER
6 News Reporter

LENOIR CITY (WATE) - Hundreds of people were camped out in Lenoir City Wednesday, waiting for their chance at free Chick-fil-A for a year.

The fast food chain is opening its first Lenoir City location along Highway 321 Thursday morning at 6:30, and it's drawing some serious attention.

When driving by, the new Chick-fil-A looks more like a tent city than a restaurant. Hundreds of people were camped out for 100 chances at 52 free Chick-fil-A meals.

"It's almost $300 worth of food just for 24 hours of hanging out and just having a good time," said Nicholas Giaccone.

This is Giaccone's 25th Chick-fil-A grand opening. This time, he brought along his friend, first timer Francisco Garcia who says so far it's been a good time.

"We have some games here, computers, meeting new people. Just kind of having fun," said Garcia.
    
People came out from Nashville, Ohio and everywhere in between. Craig White and his two friends made the trip all the way from Lebanon.

"Yesterday we decided to buy a hotel so we didn't have to drive two hours this morning. Because we had to be here at 6:00 this morning, so it saved us from getting up at 2:00 or 3:00," said White

They now must hold their places through the rest of the night, and Mother Nature may not make that so easy. That isn't a problem for Giaccone, who says he's been through it all in his 25 past grand openings.

"I've been in some pretty rough storms. I've been in 20 degree snowing weather. I've been in 30 degree raining weather.

It's a small price to pay for the chance to pay nothing for a year.
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