Customers flock to Chick-fil-A at Saluda Pointe as new restaurant opens in Lexington

Chick-fil-A franchise owner Britt Sims gets assistance from her son to cut the ribbon on the new Lexington location. (photo by Rachel Ham)

Chick-fil-A franchise owner Britt Sims gets assistance from her son to cut the ribbon on the new Lexington location. (photo by Rachel Ham)

The day the Lexington community had been eagerly waiting for came early Thursday morning as the newest area Chick-fil-A opened its doors at 6 a.m.

There to greet the staff of Chick-fil-A at Saluda Pointe were dozens of people who had camped out overnight in hopes of winning free food. Continuing the company’s First 100 tradition, managers awarded a total of $30,000 to the first 100 customers in line.

Later Thursday morning, representatives from nearby businesses, the Greater Lexington and West Metro Chambers of Commerce, town of Lexington and Lexington County gathered to welcome the new business and franchise owner Britt Sims to town. Host of the morning’s ribbon cutting Joe Pinner even joked that he attributed his years of good health to eating Chick-fil-A.

Sims is no stranger to the community. The Clemson University and Lexington High School graduate also operates the West Columbia Chick-fil-A location.

Chick-fil-A representatives join Greater Lexington Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Randy Halfacre for the First Bite ceremony. (photo by Rachel Ham)

Chick-fil-A representatives join Greater Lexington Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Randy Halfacre for the First Bite Ceremony. (photo by Rachel Ham)

“It’s a dream come true to open a second business in the area,” she said. “I look forward to seeing my two boys grow up in the business, pouring into the community, and partnering with local business and churches.”

The new eatery off of Sunset Boulevard provided 80 jobs.

“It’s our pleasure to welcome you to Lexington County. We sincerely appreciate your investment,” said Lexington County Council Vice Chairman Todd Cullum. “Lexington is getting ready to ‘eat more chicken’.”

Columbia resident Holly Hayes and her family plan to visit Chick-fil-A about once a month. The mom of two said the restaurant’s proximity to Monkey Joe’s will make days at the indoor children’s play facility easier.

“We love the value and professionalism of the staff. You don’t see that everywhere,” she said. “Chick-fil-A is a good place to bring the kids (Molly and Elijah) and get them used to going out to eat in a public place. They do love Chick-fil-A.”

Chick-fil-A is open Monday through Saturday from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

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