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Clevelands first standalone Chick-fil-A opens Wednesday
First 100 adult customers get a year of free food in company giveaway
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Cleveland will get its first standalone Chick-fil-A restaurant this week, a business that will bring 90 new jobs to the area — as well as a chance for customers to win free food for a year at Wednesday’s grand opening.

City Clerk Connie Tracas said it’s a much anticipated restaurant opening.

“It’s good for the economy,” Tracas said, adding with a laugh: “But we’re definitely going to have some serious traffic Wednesday.”

Operator/Owner Chris Liberatore’s new location in Cleveland is one of two North Georgia Chick-fil-A restaurants opening the same day, making it a family affair with Chris’ brother, Daniel, opening a standalone location in Blairsville.

Each location will award free food for a year to the first 100 eligible adults in line when the doors open Wednesday.

According to a news release from the company, after nearly 12 years and more than $25 million in free food given away, Chick-fil-A’s First 100 Celebration “continues to be the chain’s signature grand opening event, which transforms the restaurant parking lot into a 24-hour community friendly party as the crowd awaits the opening.”

Liberatore said he’s looking forward to serving folks in Cleveland.

“Personalized customer service and freshly prepared food have been the hallmarks of Chick-fil-A since the day founder Truett Cathy opened his first restaurant,” Liberatore said. “My team members and I are committed to those same ideas as we welcome guests to our new Cleveland restaurant and provide them with a remarkable experience.”

The new restaurant in Cleveland is located at 25 W. Underwood St. For more information, visit

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