Palmdale’s first stand-alone Chick-fil-A restaurant will open Oct. 15 at 732 W. Rancho Vista Blvd. and is expected to create 75 new jobs. A special opportunity for 100 lucky patrons will offer free meals for a year. As well, the restaurant is asking community members to donate books that will benefit the Antelope Valley Boys and Girls Club in Palmdale.

This is the 12th anniversary of the restaurant chain’s “First 100” event with more than $25 million in free meals having been distributed. It is the chain’s signature grand-opening event which will turn the parking lot of the restaurant into a 24-hour family-friendly party.

Palmdale residents Randall Brookshire and his wife, Ashley, will operate the new restaurant and they’ll collect books for the boys and girls club from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Oct. 14-16; a specially-made “book house” will serve as a free library exchange allowing anyone who takes a book to replace it with one of their own.

A free food giveaway expects to distribute more than $32,000 in meals and goes like this: each of the first 100 persons that form a line at the 6 a.m. opening on Oct. 15 will receive a special 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) to be distributed to each of the first 100 eligible adults (18 years and older with identification) when the doors open. The day before, however, if more than 100 persons are onsite when the line officially forms at 6 a.m. on Oct. 14 then all 100 spots will be determined by a drawing held that morning with those selected required to camp-out the next 24 hours to secure the coveted spot during the official grand opening.

The event is open only to guests residing in specific zip codes surrounding the restaurant. You can find a list of the zip codes and rules of the contest at

Brookshire is a veteran with the restaurant chain. He began working with them in high school and used his Chick-fil-A Leadership Scholarship to attend Georgia Tech University, graduating with a degree in business management.

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

The new restaurant will seat about 100 diners and have a community table for large groups. There will be dual drive-thru windows, and customers can stay connected with one another via the restaurant’s free Wi-Fi access. There will also be an indoor play area for children and an interactive section for toddlers. The hours will be 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. (breakfast served until 10:30 a.m.) Monday through Saturday. Chick-fil-A does not operate on Sunday.

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