Downtown Athens Chick-fil-A Making its Debut Monday

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For many who frequent the busy corner of College Avenue and East Broad Street across from the University of Georgia’s Arch, the countdown to Chick-fil-A’s opening began as soon as word got out that it would be taking over the space once occupied by Five Guys.

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As reported in the Athens Banner-Herald, the popular fast-food restaurant will officially open its newest restaurant in downtown Athens on Monday.

Similar to locations where there is a lot of foot traffic, the 2,000-square-foot restaurant features amenities including a pedestrian friendly “grab-and-go” walk-up windows for easy ordering and pick-up; a Chick-fil-A app mobile ordering designated pickup entrance and counter inside; and a menu modified with several healthy and dietary options.

Franchise owner Shane Todd said opening a new Chick-fil-A in such a heavy pedestrian area was a simple decision.

“We’ve been looking at downtown for a few years,” Todd told the newspaper. ”… So many people live downtown now and we were looking for what we thought was a great spot. It doesn’t get any better than 101 College Ave.”

Todd is hosting a community celebration Friday to feature Chick-fil-A’s First 100 Scavenger Hunt experience.

Registration for the First 100 Scavenger Hunt starts at 6 a.m. Friday at the restaurant and will continue until 100 eligible participants are registered. Participants will need to complete the scavenger hunt as designated by the rules with speed not being necessary, and will end at the final stop at 3 p.m.

Eligible participants who follow the rules and complete all the required tasks will win a digital offer card loaded with a one-year supply of free Chick-fil-A Meals (52 meals with each consisting of a Chick-fil-A chicken sandwich, medium waffle fries and a medium beverage). More information about the contest, visit thechickenwire.chick-fil-a.com/News/Future-Openings.

The event also includes a children’s book drive benefiting the Head Start Program of Clarke County School District.

The restaurant will be open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and Saturday, and 7 a.m. to 3 a.m. Thursday and Friday.