Chick-fil-A set to open June 7
SALEM – The waiting is almost over. The Salem Chick-fil-A is scheduled to open on June 7.
People knew it was getting close when the red letters went up on the building last week and the cow was “planted” in front.
The cow is a life-size topiary, covered in moss. It is surrounded by landscaping that Community Director Vanessa Miles said she and owner-operator husband, Shaine, chose to reflect Virginia as well as their home schools, Salem High School where he played football and Glenvar where she graduated.
“The golden euonymus is Glenvar colors and barberry, Salem colors. We are both Virginia Tech graduates so there will be more maroon foliage to come,” she promised.
She added, “Shaine and I both enjoy topiaries, and had to have the cow.”
Shaine Miles has hired 75 employees for the chicken restaurant made famous in Georgia, and which Salem economic development and other city officials had worked for more than seven years to attract.
Shaine and Vanessa Miles moved to Salem from Kentucky in March with their young son.
Salem’s officials and residents are ready. The Salem Police Department has plans for directing traffic around the location in the Kmart parking lot, city officials said.And Salem High School students are already planning their sleep in, to try to be among the first 100 people in line to qualify for a year’s worth of chicken sandwichs, waffle potato fries and drink.
There’s a catch, though. Students would have to miss more than a day’s-worth of classes in order to be among the first 100. According to rules posted on Chick-fil-A’s website, people have to be at the restaurant by 6 a.m. the day before the opening – in other words, June 6 – and be prepared to stay there until the restaurant officially opens the following day.
Also, registered participants have to be 18 or older.