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Heritage Chick-fil-A to open Wednesday

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WAKE FOREST — Chick-fil-A will open its new Heritage location Wednesday, the company announced this week.

The opening of the 1010 Forestville Rd. restaurant will coincide with a community celebration where the store will give away a year’s supply of chicken sandwiches to the first 100 customers in line — as is the company’s tradition.

The store will be operated by franchise owner Rob Reasoner, who runs Wake Forest’s other Chick-fil-A store off N.C. Highway 98.

“I am excited to expand my opportunity to serve the Wake Forest community both inside and outside my restaurant,” Reasoner said in a statement. “I am committed to continually impacting my 260 team members from both locations as together we serve craveable food and a remarkable experience to our guests in a fast, friendly environment.”

The 4,755-square-foot store will be at the Shoppes at Heritage Village, next to Publix, near the intersection with Rogers Road. A press release said it can seat 114 customers and its dual-lane drive-thru can accommodate 200 cars an hour. The store also includes a two-story indoor playground and free Wi-Fi.

The store is employing about 100 team members. It’s hours are 6 a.m. through 10 p.m. Monday-Saturday.

Reasoner is a former member of the local chamber’s board of directors and began working at Chick-fil-As in 1991, according to a press release. He and his wife Jennifer, who is the training director at both restaurants, have helped 81 of their staff members earn Chick-fil-A Leadership Scholarships totaling $153,000.

Some Heritage residents who say the area is growing faster than roads can keep up have voiced concern about traffic around the new restaurant. Several citizens voiced complaints to the Wake Forest Board of Commissioners when the restaurant was announced in August.

“The traffic is crazy as it is,” Kristen Gillispie wrote in an email to town officials. “Wait until Chick-fil-A comes in near the schools.”

“I find it hard to believe that a new apartment complex, Chick-fil-A and a new strip mall development across from the high school is going to be handled well with the current intersection (at Rogers Road),” Sean Kortovich wrote in another email.

Plans are underway to widen Rogers Road and make improvements to the Forestville intersection. Those plans have no timeline.

Opening celebration

The new restaurant will hold a 12-hour camp-out before opening its doors at 6 a.m. Wednesday, the company said.

Participants can begin to gather at the restaurant at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday for the 6 p.m. registration. The first 100 adults who register will win a digital card for a meal a week for a year (consisting of a chicken sandwich, waffle fries and medium drink).

For details on the offer, visit thechickenwire.chick-fil-a.com/new/Future-Openings. The offer is only open to residents in the following ZIP codes: 27571, 27587, 27596, 27614, 27615 or 27616.

During the overnight countdown to Wednesday’s opening, the company will provide party activities and meals.

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