Federal Way resident Tyler Slaeker relaxes on a hammock he set up Wednesday outside the new Federal Way Chick-fil-A, 32025 Pacific Highway S. The restaurant officially opens its doors to the public at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14. Photos by Andy Hobbs, the Mirror

Federal Way campers flock to Chick-fil-A ahead of official opening

  • Wednesday, September 13, 2017 2:49pm
  • Business

Dozens of people pitched tents and made meals for charity Wednesday in the 24 hours leading up to the official opening of Chick-fil-A in Federal Way.

The fast-food restaurant will begin serving its trademark chicken sandwiches and more to the public starting at 6:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 14, at 32025 Pacific Highway South near the intersection of South 320th Street.

The first 100 customers will receive free food for a year from the restaurant – a promotion that had Federal Way folks setting up tents early Wednesday morning.

“It was kind of spur of the moment,” said Andrew McBride, who arrived at 5:30 a.m. with two friends. “We were the first ones in the parking lot.”

Federal Way resident Tyler Slaeker set up a small disc golf station in the parking lot and also strung a hammock beneath the giant sign for the Celebration Center that faces Pacific Highway.

“It’s my wife’s birthday today, and she’s nice enough to let me come out and camp out,” he said, excited that Chick-fil-A is now basically in his backyard. “I’ll reward her with some sandwiches for her birthday.”

Owner and operator Ryan Powell said the restaurant is bringing between 90 and 100 jobs to Federal Way. The restaurant is also committed to making a positive impact in the area, he said, noting the 10,000 soup meals that campers assembled Wednesday. The meals will be distributed to food banks in the region, including the Multi-Service Center in Federal Way.

“We are part of a community,” Powell said. “That is a major part of our DNA.”

On a side note, Mayor Jim Ferrell told the Federal Way Chamber Board of Directors earlier this week that the city had a plan to reduce the impact of traffic that is expected in the restaurant’s first few days of operation.

Story, photos and video by Andy Hobbs, Federal Way Mirror

Federal Way resident Dustin Rose hangs out in a tent Wednesday outside the new Federal Way Chick-fil-A, 32025 Pacific Highway S. The restaurant officially opens its doors to the public at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14. Photos by Andy Hobbs, the Mirror

Campers put together 10,000 soup meals for local charities Wednesday at the new Federal Way Chick-fil-A, 32025 Pacific Highway S. The restaurant officially opens its doors to the public at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14. Photos by Andy Hobbs, the Mirror

Federal Way Chick-fil-A operator Ryan Powell says the new restaurant, which officially opens Sept. 14, will bring 90-100 jobs to the community. Photos by Andy Hobbs, the Mirror

More in Business

Local optometrist receives Getman Award

Dr. Curtis Baxstrom of Northwest Vision & Learning Center in Federal Way… Continue reading

Federal Way resident named a Lifetime Achiever by Marquis Who’s Who

Thomas Edward Gates has a law practice in Tukwila

Life Care Center of Federal Way names new executive director

Samantha L’Allier has worked in senior care since she was 17.

The Chopped Leaf offers healthy dining alternative

Federal Way couple opens first U.S. location of Canadian restaurant

Mill Ridge Village employees earn awards

Three professionals will be recognized by hundreds of their peers at the… Continue reading

TJ graduate opens counseling practice in Twin Lakes

Life Care Center of Federal Way names new executive director Samantha L’Allier… Continue reading

There is no They, only We | Rebecca Martin

Four years ago, I arrived in the Pacific Northwest as the new… Continue reading

Sound Publishing appoints Josh O’Connor as new president

Josh O’Connor, publisher of The Daily Herald in Everett, has been appointed… Continue reading

Rethinking fashion: Federal Way woman’s business encourages textile upcycling, recycling

The Chayah Movement will host a clothing swap April 21 in Federal Way.

Business pathway is a universal gateway | Guest column

One year before I entered business school as an MBA student, I… Continue reading

Dutch Bros. Coffee opens new Federal Way location

The drive-thru coffee shop with the cult following is located at 27525 Pacific Highway S.

Chamber as convener: Frank conversations on taxation in Federal Way

The Chamber remains focused on the impact taxation has on economic development efforts.