Chick-fil-A and its cult following arrive in Western New York as Cheektowaga location opens

Chick-fil-A First 100 celebration ends tonight
Posted at 1:27 PM, Nov 28, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-29 06:41:26-05

What once seemed to some like a pipe dream, or at the very least far-off, is now reality in Western New York.

The first Chick-fil-A in the Buffalo area opened for business at 6:30 a.m. Thursday on Walden Avenue in Cheektowaga.

The fast-food chain is known for its cult following, unique business plan and large crowds anytime a new location opens. 

It even welcomed people to camp out for 24 hours in hopes of winning free food for one year.  

But the restaurant halved the length of the challenge due to weather, sending the "First 100" home Wednesday evening.

If you're planning on patronizing the restaurant during what's sure to be a busy opening day and weekend, you'll find what you should know about the traffic patterns here.

And if you're looking for a job and think Chick-fil-A is the place to be, the company is still hiring for open positions at the location. You can find a link on how to apply here.

Site plans for the restaurant were approved last year, and construction began in May. Since then, plans have been submitted for another location on the other side of town.

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