Aberdeen is about to get its own hub for chicken sandwiches and waffle fries.
Harford County's third Chick-fil-A restaurant is set to open Thursday, Sept. 4, at the southwest corner of Beards Hill Road and Route 22, near The Olive Tree and Holiday Inn Express.
Before the doors open, the restaurant will join its Chick-fil-A counterparts nationwide in hosting a "First 100" giveaway for its first 100 guests.
The event is expected to draw more than 100 campers spending the night on the restaurant's parking lot in hopes of winning 52 free combo meals, through a lottery system.
Restaurant manager Michael McFerren, who also manages the Chick-fil-A in Abingdon, said Aberdeen's residents seem excited for the business.
"People are pumped and excited," he said about the community's response. "They have been waiting for several years for this Chick-fil-A to come in."
McFerren said the restaurant management is eager to partner with as many area schools as possible.
"Our mission statement for Chick-fil-A Aberdeen is going to be to have a positive attitude," McFerren said. "We are excited to be in the community, see what kind of positive effect we can have on our community."
Customers will not be allowed on the parking lot until about 6 or 6:30 a.m. on Wednesday, the day before the restaurant opens, he said.
Traffic logistics for the expected camp-out are still being negotiated, he said. The restaurant is at an intersection that is often heavily traveled in the mornings.
"We are going to have to play it by ear," McFerren said.
Chick-fil-A has a direct entrance only from the west side of Beards Hill Road.
The restaurant will be open 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday. McFerren said he wanted to have 104 employees in place by this week but had only 82 as of Thursday afternoon. He is still looking primarily for daytime employees.
Chick-fil-A is part of continued retail development near the I-95 interchange in Aberdeen. Farther north on Beards Hill Road, a Firestone Complete Auto Care Center is expected to open in early October.
It will be an 8,500-square-foot store with 10 service bays and eight to 10 employees, Bridgestone-Firestone spokeswoman Susan Steeno said.