Anticipation grows as Millsboro Chick-fil-A’s April 5 opening nears

MILLSBORO – A major happening will happen next week along the major highway in Millsboro.

Local franchise owner Tim Sweetman will open Millsboro’s first Chick-fil-A restaurant on April 5, bringing 100 new jobs to the area, a chance for 100 adults to win free Chick-fil-A meals for a year and the opportunity for the community to donate gently used children’s books and clothing to three local elementary schools.

Grand opening of the Millsboro Chick-fil-A restaurant is Thursday, April 5.

A family-friendly overnight “First 100” celebration will pop up in the restaurant parking lot at 30141 Commerce Drive at 6 a.m. on April 4, some 24 hours before the grand opening.

Guests will try to be one of the first 100 adults through the door to win a year of free Chick-fil-A meals.

The community event is open to those residing in specific zip codes surrounding the restaurant with details and rules found at

Mr. Sweetman’s commitment to making a difference in the community and serving those outside his restaurant will include a children’s book and clothing drive to benefit John M. Clayton, East Millsboro and Long Neck elementary schools. New and gently used books and clothing, including shoes, will be collected during grand opening week and the donated books will be placed in a 3-foot Book House, made from reclaimed wood, to serve as a free library exchange.

Meanwhile, interviewing is ongoing for full- and part-time positions to reach the goal of 100 new jobs with benefits including scholarships, flexible schedules, and Sundays off. Interested applicants may apply online at

The new 5,000-square-foot location on Commerce Drive will include a heritage restaurant interior design, a large gathering table made from reclaimed wood, subway tiles and a light fixture made from recycled Coca-Cola bottles.

Drive-thru service will feature two ordering lanes merging into a single lane for pickup and the restaurant, with indoor seating for 107 and additional patio seating for 12, will include a two-story play area for children.

The Millsboro restaurant will be open Monday through Saturday from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., serving a full breakfast menu until 10:30 a.m.

Because of the Southern Baptist beliefs of its founder, S. Truett Cathy, Chick-fil-A restaurants are always closed Sundays, to provide a day of rest and time with family for team members, as well as Christmas and Thanksgiving.

The Chick-fil-A First 100

A tradition going back more than 14 years, Chick-fil-A’s First 100 celebration has given away more than $34 million in free food through 2017 and continues to be the chain’s signature grand opening event. Rain, snow and extreme temperatures do not deter Chick-fil-A fans who arrive with tents, chairs, TVs and computers to stay entertained.

Each fan hopes to 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 Potato Fries and a medium beverage) that will be awarded to the first 100 eligible adults – ages 18 and older with identification – around 5:45 a.m. on April 5.

If more than 100 people are onsite when the line officially opens at 6 a.m. on April 4 a drawing will be held to randomly select the First 100. Those chosen will be required to camp out until the grand opening in order to secure their spot.

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