The day before Indian Trail’s first Chick-fil-A opened June 20, more than 250 people arrived to camp out.In keeping with Chick-fil-A tradition, the restaurant offered a free meal every week for a year to the first 100 people in the door when it opened. One hundred of the 260 early arrivals were selected through a raffle to camp in the parking lot the night before the opening.Operator Dean Sandbo, who also operates the Chick-fil-A in Wesley Chapel, said business at the new site has not slacked off.“The reception has been overwhelming, and people are so loving the fact that Indian Trail has its own Chick-fil-A,” Sandbo said. “It is a really, really neat community, and I think they have been waiting for this for quite a while.”The restaurant is at the corner of U.S. 74 East and Indian Trail-Fairview Road, where it replaced East 74, a popular restaurant that has closed and been torn down.The Indian Trail Chick-fil-A team includes 95 people. Sandbo said the company is intentional about hiring young people, many of whom will work there throughout high school and be eligible for company scholarships. The grand opening has featured employees handing out chicken biscuits at elementary schools and driving Mini Cooper convertibles on loan from Hendrick Mini with Chick-fil-A magnets on the sides. Twenty-five Chick-fil-A meals were given to the person with the best guess as to the number of stuffed Chick-fil-A cows inside the back of a Mini Cooper. At the grand opening ceremony, three employees who are Butler High School band alumni played the national anthem on the trumpet. “We love to have fun,” Sandbo said. The new restaurant features two drive-thrus, and it has a small room where two employees can sit and take drive-thru orders. The quiet room allows them to concentrate, Sandbo said.Details: www.cfarestaurant.com/indiantrail.New locationThe Charlotte School of Rock opened a new location June 22, at 1105 Greenwood Cliff.Founded in Charlotte five years ago, the music school has been operating out of Sam Ash Music Store.The school teaches people to play music through a performance-based program, and students have played thousands of concerts in venues ranging from The Knitting Factory to the B.B. King Blues Club & Grill in New York City. SOR teaches guitar, bass, vocals, keyboards and drums. Students take weekly private music lessons and participate in group band rehearsals.Details: http://charlotte.schoolofrock.com.
Friday, Jun. 28, 2013
Chick-fil-A opens in Indian Trail
Marty Minchin is a freelance writer. Have a story idea for Marty? Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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