Chick-fil-A in Keizer is open to overnight camping customers

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At 6:30 a.m. Thursday, more than 40 cars sat in the driving row by honking in excitement as staff cheered the opening of Chick-fil-A, Keizer’s newest fast-food restaurant.

More than twenty people waited all night to taste the restaurant’s famous chicken. About half an hour before the official opening, more than 30 people queued outside the front doors with water bottles and blankets in their hands. Human Resources Director David Jones gave the hobs to customers standing in line. “The past three weeks have been a whirlwind,” Jones said. “I’m just excited because so many people are pumping.”

Human Resources Director David Jones' fist slams into people during the grand opening of Chick-fil-A Thursday at Keizer.

One of the people in line was McKenna Brewer, a hairdresser in Salem. She’s been at Chick-fil-A with two friends since about 9:30 p.m. on a Wednesday. Brewer said she’d drive for two hours with her friends to get Chick-fil-A back when she lived in Eugene and is excited that she’s closer to one now.

To celebrate the opening, Brewer wore a T-shirt that read “Chick-fil-A Babe,” which was a Christmas gift from her niece and sister-in-law who know her love for the fast food chain.

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McKenna Brewer wears a T-shirt to support the food chain during the grand opening of Chick-fil-A Thursday at Keizer.

Brewer wasn’t the only one camping. Blake Altman, a junior at Sprague High School in Salem, spent the night in line to drive. He and his friends were the first to be served in line. Order chicken burrito and spicy chicken biscuit. He also displayed the Chick-fil-A plush toy and cup that the staff were handing out to customers.