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First Chick-fil-A restaurants in Nevada now open

Posted at 7:50 PM, Jan 24, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-26 19:59:45-05

UPDATE: The first two Chick-fil-A restaurants in Nevada are now open.

Both restaurants are in the Henderson area. They opened early Thursday morning. Dozens of eager customers lined up in front of both restaurants, hoping to be one of the first 100 through the doors.


HENDERSON (KTNV) -- Two Chick-fil-A restaurants are opening this week in the Las Vegas valley.

They're both having grand opening parties Thursday beginning at 6 a.m. One location is at Stephanie Street and Warm Springs Road, the other is on Eastern Avenue just off St. Rose Parkway.

The first 100 people in line receive 52 free meals for the year.

Other grand openings around the country have seen customers camp out to get one of those coveted spots. People had tents set up in Henderson ahead of the opening.

Employees have been doing number checks to make sure none of the people that have been waiting at the Stephanie Street and Warm Springs Road location for hours tried to leave after getting their number.

Dan Mullins, the owner of the Stephanie franchise, is ready for the crowds. He says drive-thru lines look to be the biggest congestion problem, on Thursday and beyond.

"They'll actually be routed right through this shopping center so they're not interfering with any of those businesses," Mullins said. "As time goes along we want to see some of the natural flow for guests and that would determine long-term of how we play the drive-thru."

The Stephanie location is less than two miles down the road from a Raising Cane's, another fast food chicken franchise.

"I think both of us can coexist," Mullins said. "We'll be just fine."

Mullins also said he's felt no tension between Chick-fil-A's Christian values and the Las Vegas valley's "Sin City" reputation.