Chick-Fil-A Opens In Manhattan

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MANAHTTAN, Kan. (WIBW) - A new free-standing Chick-Fil-A opened its doors Thursday in Manhattan.

Dozens of people from across the nation were camped out to be one of the first one hundred through the door to receive free meals for a year.

Individuals and families from Illinois to Utah were armed with tents, chairs and sleeping bags ready to claim their prize, with some waiting as long as 36 hours outside.

Restaurant Operator David Hamel, who helped break ground on the project back in May, says the timing of the grand opening is uniquely special.

"My father, Larry Hamel, passed away back in January of this year after a four year battle with cancer, and today would have been his 56th birthday," Hamel said. "So in so many respects it’s a very special day for me personally, but as well being able to open a brand new Chick-Fil-A free-standing restaurant here in Manhattan, Kansas."

All told, nearly $30,000 of free Chick-Fil-A was awarded to the first 100.

The new Manhattan Chick-fil-A becomes the first stand-alone in the area, joining the licensee location on Kansas State University and Topeka’s West Ridge Mall.