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Chick-fil-A to host grand opening event

By Austin Metz/The Holland Sentinel • Feb 6, 2018 at 12:00 PM

HOLLAND TWP. — The countdown is on for the grand opening of Holland’s first Chick-fil-A restaurant.

As was previously announced, the restaurant will open its doors Feb. 8 with a full-blown celebration featuring a variety of games, a live DJ, dancing and food.

The celebration kicks off at 6 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 7, in the parking lot of the restaurant, located at 2332 N. Park Drive, off West Shore Drive in Holland Township. The restaurant will hold an overnight First 100 party that will take place 24 hours ahead of the grand opening.

As part of the celebration, the first 100 guests residing in specific ZIP codes surrounding the restaurant who make it through the doors on Feb. 8 will win a year of free Chick-fil-A meals. The free meals will be handed out to the first 100 eligible adults — ages 18 and older with identification — at around 5:45 a.m. If more than 100 people are onsite when the line officially opens, a drawing will be held to randomly select the First 100.

The nearly 5,000-square-foot restaurant is owned by Shaun Page and will feature a two-story interactive indoor play area for children, dining room seating for 108 with 16 additional outdoor patio seats, dual drive-through ordering lanes and a full-service menu. The restaurant will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

“Opening a Chick-fil-A in Holland has always been my goal, and we can’t wait to open the doors,” said Page, whose wife grew up in Holland. “I love the Holland community, and this is where I will be for the rest of my Chick-fil-A career. This is a dream come true.”

Page said part of the grand opening event will be aimed at making an impact in the Holland community. To do that, Page is encouraging his First 100 guests and restaurant customers to participate in a children’s book drive benefitting the Boys and Girls Club of Holland. New and gently used books can be dropped off at the new location during the opening week until 9 a.m. Thursday.

The opening of Holland’s franchise has been a long time coming since Chick-fil-A purchased the property that was the former home of Perkins Restaurant. Although the purchase took place in May 2015, the restaurant chain waited nearly two years to begin work on the location.

Going forward, the restaurant will continue to build its staff and is filling full-time and part-time positions in all aspects of the restaurant, including hospitality and catering.

The Holland-area restaurant is the first of two Chick-fil-A locations to open in the coming months in West Michigan. A Grand Rapids location is expected to open in March.

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