Dozens camp overnight before Chick-fil-A's opening in Wilson

Posted October 17, 2019 7:12 a.m. EDT
Updated October 17, 2019 7:35 a.m. EDT

— Dozens of people camped out in cold temperatures overnight before Chick-fil-A opened a new restaurant in Wilson on Thursday.

Tents filled the parking lot outside the new restaurant, at 5100 Raleigh Road Parkway, with some people spending 12 hours there.

The first 100 people in line when the Chick-fil-A opened at 6 a.m. received a card for free chicken sandwich meals for a year.

Temperatures were in the mid-40s in Wilson late Wednesday and early Thursday.

“I had really, really low expectations,” Abby Korfmann said at 5:15 a.m. Thursday. “I told myself it would be really cold and uncomfortable, and I so was pleasantly surprised to find lots friends here and games. It was actually a good time.”

She arrived at 6p.m. Wednesday, and she said she was eager to go inside the Chick-fil-A, where there would be warmth and breakfast.

“I am looking forward to the food,” Korfmann said. “I am really looking forward to that.”

Kendra Cain said she didn’t think about whether the year's worth of meals was worth the wait.

“We were just like, ‘Free chicken? Let’s go,’” she said. “We homeschool, so we get to go home and go to bed after this.”

Korfmann said she and her friends felt “a little bit crazy” waiting overnight in the cold for free sandwiches.

“I was surprised initially to find the number of friends I had here,” Korfmann said. “Over the course of the evening, I realized the reason I have so many friends here is — the reason we are friends is — we are a little bit crazy, the same kind of crazy.”

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