Omaha’s first stand-alone Chick-fil-A opens Thursday



By Barbara Soderlin / World-Herald staff writer

Papillion has one. Bellevue has one. Now Omaha will too. The city’s first stand-alone Chick-fil-A restaurant is set to open Thursday, the company announced.

The first 100 adults in line by 6 a.m. Thursday at 17501 West Center Road in Legacy Village will each receive a gift card loaded with 52 free meals to use, once a week, over the next year.

People can start lining up 6 a.m. Wednesday, and if there are more than 100 people there when the line opens, the 100 spots will be chosen in a drawing. Those selected will need to camp out for the next 24 hours to secure their spots in line. Food, music and entertainment will be provided during the campout.

In contrast with previous “First 100” events, only people who live in local ZIP codes will be able to participate. The Papillion and Bellevue openings brought participants from around the country. Participants will need a driver’s license, recently mailed bill or bank statement to prove their residence.

The restaurant will employ about 90 people. Operator Stu Shaw is a retired Air Force officer. The location is one of 93 the Atlanta-based chain is opening in 2014. It has indoor and outdoor seating and a two-lane drive-through.

People who donate a new children’s book between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Wednesday, and during business hours through Saturday, will receive a coupon for one free entree per person.