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Chick-fil-A coupons to first 100 in line

Chick-fil-A will reopen on Beltline Road on Thursday, according to the restaurant's operators.

The restaurant has been closed since an Aug. 1 fire that began when equipment in the kitchen overheated. The fire heavily damaged the restaurant, but no one was injured.

To celebrate the reopening, the restaurant will give away 52 coupons each to the first 100 adults in line beginning at 6 a.m. Thursday.

The total value of the free combo meal coupons is $26,000.

Operator Barry Keith said he is thankful for his employees' safety and touched by the community's outpouring of support.

"For 40 years, the Chick-fil-A legacy has grown to represent award-winning freshly prepared food and 'my pleasure' customer service," Keith said. "My team and I are thrilled to bring back that tradition at our reopened location in Decatur. We were in awe of the kindness shown by our customers after the fire and are looking forward to providing them with the food and care they deserve."

Dan Cathy, son of chain founder Truett Cathy, said the grand re-opening is a way to thank the community.

"Chick-fil-A's raving fans have turned our grand openings into overnight tailgate parties, often arriving 24 hours in advance with tents, TVs, sleeping bags, games, computers and other gear to spend the night," he said.

"When we started the First 100 Fans promotion in 2003, we never could have imagined we'd give away nearly $6 million in free food to raving fans who have camped out in
all kinds of weather conditions to win free Chick-fil-A for a year,"

Company officials said the new restaurant features warm colors with wood accents and a play area for children that includes a toddler interactive section.

The Decatur restaurant will be open from 6:30 a.m. until 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

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