Chick-fil-A opening third NYC location, offering free food to thousands for first 100 celebration

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NEW YORK — A third Chick-fil-A restaurant is opening this weekend and fans have a chance to win a free meal without camping outside the new restaurant.

The Chick-fil-A will be located on the corner of 46th Street and Sixth Avenue. It’s just nine blocks away from the chain’s first full-service New York City location that opened last October. The new restaurant will alleviate the long lines at that location and give other New Yorkers a chance to taste those delicious chicken sandwiches and waffle fries.

The fast food chain traditionally hosts a giveaway when a new restaurant opens. The first 100 customers who campout and wait in line on opening day will receive free Chick-fil-A for a year — one meal per week.

This time, it’s putting a new twist on the first 100 celebration and handing out free Chick-fil-A meals to thousands of New Yorkers.

Chick-fil-A workers are surprising people at different places around the new midtown restaurant two days before it opens. The chain announces the pop-up locations on Facebook and the first few people who shows up there will receive a free meal voucher. A few lucky customers will win free Chick-fil-A for a year.

Thousands of people showed up Thursday and left with free Chick-fil-A cards, according to the chain’s Facebook page, and the giveaway isn’t over.

Hundreds more will be able to win on Friday. Follow its Facebook page to find out where workers will be popping up.