Greystone Chick-fil-A celebrates grand opening

Those gathered at the Greystone Chick-fil-A's ribbon cutting ceremony March 12 take part in a ceremonial "first bite." (Reporter Photo/Emily Sparacino)

Those gathered at the Greystone Chick-fil-A’s ribbon cutting ceremony March 12 take part in a ceremonial “first bite.” (Reporter Photo/Emily Sparacino)

By EMILY SPARACINO / Staff Writer

HOOVER – Nearly 100 people stood in the parking lot of the new Chick-fil-A in Greystone on March 12 for a ribbon cutting ceremony as dozens of customers filed into the restaurant and drive-through on the location’s first day of business.

“We are so glad to be here and be in this community,” Greystone Chick-fil-A owner and operator Brent Fielder said. “We do love this city. We’re really excited to be here.”

Located at 5373 U.S. 280 in Greystone, the stand-alone restaurant is the 1899th Chick-fil-A restaurant to open.

On March 11, the Greystone Chick-fil-A hosted a “First 100” event, at which people camped in the restaurant’s parking lot for 24 hours for a chance to win 52 free Chick-fil-A meals, one per week for a year.

First 100 winners were announced when the restaurant officially opened for business at 6 a.m. March 11.

Fielder said Chick-fil-A president and CEO Dan Cathy joined the First 100 festivities and ushered customers in as the doors opened the morning of March 12.

“He camped out in the drive-through last night with all the guests and welcomed them in this morning,” Fielder said. “Everything’s been great.”

Fielder’s wife, Angela, who is the late Chick-fil-A founder S. Truett Cathy’s granddaughter, attended the ribbon cutting, along with other family members, three Chick-fil-A operators and Hoover Chamber of Commerce members.

Following the ribbon cutting, those gathered took a ceremonial “first bite” of Chick-fil-A chicken sandwiches and Chick-n-Minis.

In keeping with Chick-fil-A’s partnerships with groups that contribute to education, literacy and youth, the Greystone restaurant was collecting new children’s books March 11 and 12 to benefit Restoration Academy.

The restaurant is open Monday-Thursday from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. As with all Chick-fil-A restaurants, the Greystone location is closed on Sunday.

For more information, visit Facebook.com/cfagreystone.