CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (June 9, 2016) – Local franchise owner Macy Agnew will open Corpus Christi’s newest stand-alone Chick-fil-A restaurant on Thursday, June 9, bringing 80 new jobs, a chance for 100 adults to win free Chick-fil-A meals for a year and the opportunity for the community to donate children’s books to the Driscoll Children’s Hospital.

The family friendly overnight First 100 party is expected to pop up in the restaurant parking lot at 4946 S. Staples St., 24 hours before the grand opening as guests try to be one of the first 100 adults through the door to win a year of free Chick-fil-A meals. This community event is open to guests residing in specific zip codes surrounding the restaurant. A complete listing of eligible zip codes and rules can be found at www.chick-fil-a.com/Locations/Openings.

The Chick-fil-A First 100 is a tradition going back more than 12 years. Chick-fil-A’s First 100 celebration has given away nearly $27 million in free food through 2015 and continues to be the chain’s signature grand opening event. Rain, snow and extreme temperatures below zero or above 100 do not deter fans who arrive with tents, chairs, TVs, computers and other gear.

Each is hoping to win a digital offer card loaded with a one-year supply of free Chick-fil-A Meals (52 meals with each consisting of a Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwich, medium Waffle Potato Fries and a medium beverage) that will be awarded to the first 100 eligible adults - ages 18 and older with identification - in line when the doors open at 6 a.m. on Thursday,

June 9. If more than 100 people are onsite when the line officially opens at 6 a.m. on Wednesday, June 8, a drawing will be held to randomly select the First 100. Those chosen will be required to camp out until the grand opening in order to secure their spot.

“My team members and I can’t wait to welcome our guests,” said Agnew. “We’re not just in the chicken business —we’re in the people business. Our goal is to provide a remarkable experience for every customer, every time, by serving food our guests can truly feel good about eating, providing sincere hospitality and being a good neighbor in the Corpus Christi community.”

Reflecting her desire to have a positive impact on the surrounding community, Agnew is inviting her First 100 guests and restaurant customers to celebrate the new location by participating in a children’s book drive to benefit

Driscoll Children’s Hospital. Agnew is collecting new and gently used children’s books on Wednesday June 8, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Thursday June 9, from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. The donated books will be placed in a nearly three-foot Book House to serve as a free library exchange. The Book House, built from reclaimed wood, is donated by the Chick-fil-A Foundation. Last year, Chick-fil-A collected more than 10,000 books from communities coast to coast, which were donated to 89 local organizations in 30 states and Washington, D.C.

The new Corpus Christi Chick-fil-A restaurant features a:

Heritage, design that showcases hand-made, authentic materials for a vintage-inspired interior, including a large gathering table made from reclaimed wood, subway tiles, and light fixtures made from recycled Coca-Cola bottles and peach baskets. two-story interactive indoor play area for children and free Wi-Fi. drive-thru service expanded to offer dual drive-thru ordering lanes and screens to enable customers to quickly move into a single lane for payment and pick up. 4,622-square-foot dining room with seating for 96 and 20 additional outdoor patio seats. Full-service menu, including breakfast until 10:30 a.m., and will be open Monday through Saturday from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. About Franchise Operator Macy Agnew

A graduate of Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Agnew majored in kinesiology with a minor in history and Spanish. During her senior year of college, she began working as a team member at a local Chick-fil-A restaurant and decided she would pursue becoming an Operator for the chain. Within three years after starting as a team member, she was selected to be an Operator in 2014, which is no small feat as the company receives more than 24,000 applications annually for around 100 franchise opportunities.

In her first year of being an Operator, Agnew was recognized as Rookie of the Year and she earned the company’s highest honor for its Operators – the 2015 Symbol of Success and Champions Club. Before transferring to this new location, Agnew was the local owner/Operator of the La Palmera Mall location, site of the state’s first Chick-fil-A location which opened in 1970.

For the past two years, she has been involved in the community through Junior League Corpus Christi and with this new restaurant, she and her husband Cameron are looking forward to serving the Corpus Christi community in an even larger capacity.

The newest Corpus Christi Chick-fil-A location marks the second free standing restaurant in the area. It is among 12 restaurants slated to open through June of this year in Texas and is part of the 95 locations opening across the country. These openings will create some 8,000 new jobs, including more than 1,000 in the first half of the year in Texas alone. For more information on the Corpus Christi Chick-fil-A restaurant, visit www.chick-fil-a.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/cfastaples