CT’s second Chick-fil-A restaurant opens in Danbury on Thursday

The state’s second Chick-fil-A Restaurant will open inside the Danbury Fair Mall on Thursday, Nov. 6 at 9 a.m.

The first 100 people in line at the grand opening will win a year supply of Chick-fil-A meals. Eligible are adults aged 18 and older, with ID.

The Danbury location is in the food court inside the Danbury Far Mall, 7 Backus Ave. The state’s third Chick-fil-A also will open on Nov. 6 in Wallingford.

The line for the Danbury promotion will officially open at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 5, at a Chick-fil-A tent in the mall’s overflow parking lot across the street from Macy’s.

If more than 100 people are on-site when the line officially opens on Wednesday, 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.

Participants are not allowed to bring tents. Additional details and rules are available online at www.chick-fil-a.com/locations/openings.

‘Community friendly party’

Chick-fil-A representatives said the “First 100” celebrations can transform “the restaurant parking lot into a 24-hour community friendly party as the crowd awaits the opening.”

The Danbury restaurant will create 35 jobs. It will be open Monday to Saturday from 9 a.m.-9:30 p.m., with a limited breakfast menu. Like all Chick-fil-A restaurants, it will be closed on Sunday.

Expanding into the region

The Danbury outlet is one of four Connecticut locations the chain is opening within a six-month period as it expands into the state. The state’s first Chick-fil-A opened Oct. 9 in Brookfield.

A stand-alone restaurant also will open on Nov. 6 in Wallingford, and another stand-alone establishment is slated for Enfield in early 2015.

The new locations are part of a New England expansion, bringing the first stand-alone Chick-fil-A restaurants to Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island.

The company plans to open 93 new restaurants this year.

The new owner

Rich Beattie will be the owner and operator of the new Danbury Fair Mall Chick-fil-A. Beattie grew up in New Jersey, and got his first taste of Chick-fil-A while in college near Philadelphia. He and his roommates went so frequently they joked that someday one should own a location.

Beattie has worked in construction management before going to work for a Chick-fil-A owner and then the fast-food chain’s corporate office.

Company began in 1967

Based in Atlanta, Chick-fil-A Inc. is a family-owned and privately held restaurant company known for its original chicken sandwich. It has almost 1,900 restaurants in 41 states and Washington, D.C., producing sales of $5 billion in 2013.

Founder S. Truett Cathy first served a boneless breast-of-chicken sandwich, pressure cooked and served on a buttered bun with two pickles, at his Dwarf Grill restaurant in Hapeville, Ga. in 1946.

The first Chick-fil-A opened inside an Atlanta mall in 1967.