MOULTRIE — Camping tents popped up all over the Chick-fil-A parking lot Wednesday, all for the chance to “Eat Mor Chikin.”

As part of the Moultrie Chick-fil-A’s opening, the store began its “First 100” promotion at 6 a.m. Wednesday. The first 100 customers in the restaurant when it opens at 6:30 a.m. today were to receive coupons for 52 free meals.

Customers came from all over the Southeast for a chance to be among those first 100 customers. Occupying the top two spots in line were Libby and Jake Knapp, who live in Warrenton, Va., but arrived in Moultrie from Florida at 6 p.m. Tuesday to claim their spots.

Libby Knapp said this is the 11th Chick-fil-A grand opening she and Jake have come to since July 2007. They attended three openings in Florida within the last two weeks and will leave Moultrie Thursday to go to two more openings in Virginia, including one in their hometown. She said they like to attend the openings because it gives them a chance to meet people from all over the country. They’ve traveled as far as 800 miles for an opening.

The couple first became interested in attending the openings after reading a story about Chick-fil-A openings in the St. Petersburg, Fla., newspaper, Jake said. The couple supports the restaurant because they have excellent food, an enjoyable atmosphere and they remain closed on Sundays, he said.

“The food is top of the line,” Jake said, “and the help is friendly and courteous. It’s an outstanding organization.”

The couple does not, however, keep all of the free meal coupons for themselves, as Jake said they are given to the couple’s grandchildren and those in need. At Christmas, the couple gave all 52 of their coupons from the Lake Park opening to a mailman who helps the elderly maintain their yards throughout the year.

“It’s a huge pleasure in giving the coupons away,” Jake said.

Right behind the Knapps in line stood Moultrian Jonathan Resendiz. He rode his bicycle to Chick-fil-A at 9 p.m. Tuesday to claim his spot. This is his first time attending a First 100 event but not his first time camping out for something. He waited at Wal-Mart in November for a Sony PlayStation 3, claiming the sixth spot in that line.

Resendiz said he took off of work for two days and even rescheduled a doctor’s appointment so he could be in the First 100 line. He stayed on the sidewalk just off the Chick-fil-A property until he registered for the promotion, and he said Wednesday afternoon that he had not slept since arriving there.

Chick-fil-A owner and operator Britt Young said it was incredible to see the number of people who had shown up by early Wednesday afternoon. There were 58 people registered for the First 100 at 2 p.m. Wednesday.

“This goes to show that people here are so excited about Chick-fil-A being here,” Young said. “It’s exciting to see the mix of people and how far the Chick-fil-A culture has reached everyone.”

Evan Davies, from Boone, N.C., said he and friend Drew Adams came to the opening during their spring break vacation. Chick-fil-A does seem to understand the struggles of college life and finances with the First 100 promotion, he said.

“There’s a strong tie between college students and the word ‘free,’” Davies said.

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