Manhattan Breaks Ground On New Chick-Fil-A

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MANHATTAN, Kan. (WIBW) - The Chick-fil-A Cows were in the Little Apple Friday to help begin construction on Manhattan’s first stand-alone Chick-fil-A restaurant.

David Hamel, a former Kansas State University football player has been selected as the Owner/Operator of the new restaurant.

Hamel currently operates the Chick-fil-A in Topeka’s West Ridge Mall, and is relocating to the new restaurant in Manhattan where he spent his college football career as a punter for the KSU team under Head Coach Bill Snyder.

"One thing that I believe has been created within you know, Coach Snyder and just the town of Manhattan is this family environment and family atmosphere," Hamel said. "And so when I think about the partnership not only with Coach Snyder and the life lessons he taught me through leadership and his goals for success has obviously taught me what it means to run a very successful business and to be a great family man."

Chick-fil-A will celebrate the grand opening of the new Manhattan restaurant by giving away a one-year supply of free Chick-fil-A meals to the first 100 adults in line on opening day.

The new restaurant is expected to open in the middle of August.