Chick-fil-A’s new West Allis location to open Thursday

Chick-fil-A will open its seventh location in the state this week.

The fast casual chain specializing in fried chicken will open a restaurant in West Allis on Thursday at 2645 S. 108th St. It’s the fourth that Chick-fil-A opened in the state this year.

“My team members and I can’t wait to welcome our guests to our West Allis restaurant,” said franchise owner David Schiedt. “We’re not just in the chicken business — we’re in the people business.”

The West Allis Chick-fil-A franchise will feature a two-story interactive, indoor play area for children, drive-through service, free wi-fi and seating for 134, as well as additional outdoor patio seats. The restaurant will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.

As it does for all of its new restaurant openings, Chick-fil-A will be offering a year of free meals to the first 100 adults to get through the door at the West Allis Chick-fil-A on Thursday. This tradition began more than 13 years ago and has prompted long lines, as well camping out overnight by those hungry for a year’s worth of free Chick-fil-A chicken. This promotion, however, is only open to adults residing in specific zip codes surrounding the restaurant.

Chick-fil-A, a privately owned company based in Atlanta, opened two locations, in Racine and Oak Creek, in March, followed by the chain’s second Madison location in September. In 2014, the company opened its first Wisconsin standalone restaurants in Greendale and Brookfield. Previously, it had only operated in various malls — including Racine’s Regency Mall — around the state, according to a press release. Another standalone Chick-fil-A is also slated to open on the outskirts of Brookfield Square Mall.