BizBeat: Chick-fil-A postpones opening by one week

Cold temperatures, snow and ice over the past few weeks has had a big impact in Mid-Missouri and across the country. It seems the weather also hindered the final stages of construction of the anticipated Chick-fil-A restaurant in Jefferson City.

Chick-fil-A has postponed its grand opening by one week, project manager David Whiting said Friday.

The fast-food chicken joint, 3407 Missouri Blvd., was set to open Thursday, but will now open Jan. 23.

“That’s final,” Whiting said of the grand opening date. “The weather has been pretty brutal during the last six or so weeks.”

All that’s left to do is some landscaping and painting the parking lot stripes, Whiting said. With the 10-day forecast predicting no rain and temperatures above freezing, Whiting is confident the work will be complete on time.

“It is a real blessing to have weather like that when we need it,” the project manager said.

After working in Jefferson City for the past several months, Whiting said the people here were great to work with.

Chick-fil-A will begin grand opening festivities with its “First 100” contest, on Jan. 22 at 6 a.m. The first 100 participants to camp out in the parking lot and be a part of the 24-hour event will be given a free Chick-fil-A sandwich meal per week for a year. The restaurant will officially open for business on Jan. 23.

The restaurant chain serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and is open Monday through Saturday with dine-in or drive-through services.

For official rules and more details on the “First 100” event, go to

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