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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,


  • http://HaggisBrain.com Ed The Genius

    When you spend 2 days in freezing weather for this, you really need to get a life.

  • alpinequeen

    Let’s hear it for a new low of stupid consumerism.

  • Sherri

    I agree with Ed and alpinequeen. She has at least one small child and travels the US for these grand openings?

  • delimama2

    What is this lady proud of? Sitting in a snowstorm for a chance to win a chicken sandwich? She sounds ridiculous.

    Maybe Chick-fil-a can use her in one of their commercials
    “I used to be a vegan, now I drive around the country in support of animal slaughter and oppressing gays.”

    I do not support chick-fil-a and will spend my money elsewhere!

    • http://HaggisBrain.com Ed The Genius

      Very good points delimamma2. She is probably paid a nice sum by the chain to do this, and attract newspaper print and attention. A sad way to get free advertising.

  • ravenquota

    Gotta be a publicity stunt right? , no way I will believe a vegan will give up beliefs and a healthy diet to start eating processed meat and to top it off travel across the country for each grand opening , definitely a publicity stunt, she’s on the marketing team at chikfila.

  • beggs34

    You are entitled to your opinion, but several of you are speaking from ignorance. It seems that you don’t know very much about Chick-fil-A. People go to these openings because Chick-fil-A is a great company. They are very popular in the South. They are known for extremely courteous service and their food is top notch. The chicken sandwiches are made of a real chicken breast, not processed meat. And just the CEO of Chick-fil-A personally believing in traditional marriage, hardly qualifies as oppression. They are also known for doing a lot in the community. I will enjoy my year of free Chick-fil-A sandwich meals, and I encourage you to give it a try too. I think you will be pleasantly surprised.

    • alpinequeen

      What did they pay you for that comment?

      • beggs34

        Can’t a person just really like something and want to share the news with others? Whenever I’ve traveled to a place that had a Chick-fil-A, I made sure I made a trip there. Great milkshakes, cookies, and waffle fries! Real lemonade too! I’m telling you, give it a try!

        • alpinequeen

          And you just made another three dollars…

  • alpinequeen

    And what about basic family values like cooking delicious food at home, having the family gather around the dinner table sharing their day with each other? But you’d rather rather spend your money at a fast food restaurant in some mall? You must be part of Generation Like. (PBS Frontline)