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MEDFORD, Ore. — Southern Oregon's first Chick-fil-A location is preparing for its grand opening on Thursday. Franchiser owner Chris Peyton gave the media a sneak peak of what's in store on Wednesday.
“We know there is a lot of excitement, but we also value speed of service, so we’re doing a lot of things," said Peyton. "We want all our guests to come, we want to make sure we minimize their wait time . . . really excited to have them, and make it a fun day and a great event for the entire community.”
The restuarant announced last week that it would offer a year of free food to the first 100 people who camp out on Wednesday night ahead of its grand opening in the morning.
“It’s a wonderful opportunity; I think it’s exciting that we can bring the true story, the Chick-fil-A a brand, what makes us unique to a new part of the state, which is really exciting," said Peyton. "I know there is a lot of excitement in the community and we cannot wait to open tomorrow and start meeting some of our guests.”
Peyton expressed his excitement at opening up a location in Medford, specifically — although he's spent the last two decades on the East Coast, he grew up in Oregon.
"I did have the opportunity to select Medford as the area for me, which I’m thrilled to death about," Peyton said. "I was born and raised in Oregon, I’m familiar with Medford, love it. My family is here now.”
The restaurant opens to the general public at 6:30 a.m. on Thursday and will remain open until 10 p.m. It will be open Monday through Saturday every week after this one.