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Camping Out for Chicken in Chicopee

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CHICOPEE, Mass. (WGGB) — Marvina Bolton is first in line outside the new Chick-fil-A in Chicopee. She is waiting for tomorrow’s grand opening of the first Chick-fil-A in western Massachusetts.

“I arrived about 5:40 this morning, I’ll be camping out until tomorrow morning at 6 a.m., but it will be well worth it because when I go home tomorrow, I’ll be going home even happier than I did when I arrived,” Bolton explains.

Marvina is one of many willing to brave the cold for the chance to nab a free Chick-fil-A sandwich every week for a year.

The restaurant that has gained near cult-like status in other parts of the country has made it to New England.

And with the mouth watering food, comes jobs.

Owner Robert Hewes says, “Chick-fil-A in Chicopee is going to bring in 90 jobs…90 teams members that I personally selected…each and every one of them. In addition, we are so excited about connecting with the Air Force base right behind us.”

The miniature tent city in the parking lot helped shield these fanatics from the brutal cold.

“[You know its bitter cold out here. Have you felt the air?] Rumor has it that its cold. Doesn’t matter…not at all.”

“What are you crazy your standing out in the cold for what?] Crazy? I mean this is the first time Chick-fil-A has opened up in Massachusetts I had to take advantage of the opportunity.”

For Bolton, she has made attending Chick-fil-A openings a lifestyle. She travels the country after the prized poultry made her rethink her diet.

“Just three years ago, I was strict vegan and Chick-fil-A brought me out of my veganism. I was in my last trimester of my pregnancy and I started having a craving and I said if I’m going to eat chicken, it’s going to be Chick fil-A,” Bolton says.

Inside the final touches are put in place. The doors will swing open tomorrow morning,

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