WAYNE, NJ – One of the most anticipated new businesses, Chick-fil-A has opened its doors and served its first customers in the Wayne Towne Center on Thursday.  At the grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony, a small crowd gathered to celebrate the opening of the first Chick-fil-A in Passaic County.

President of the Tri-County Chamber of Commerce, Jamie Dykes was in attendance and spoke briefly before presenting Chick-fil-A owner/operator Zach Ayers with a plaque from the chamber. “I’ve attended many grand openings, but I’ve never felt such a level of anticipation for a new business as I have for Chick-fil-A,” said Dykes.

 “I grew up working for Chick-fil-A, and I did it for a paycheck,” said Ayers. “But it quickly became more than that. I became very passionate about the Chick-fil-A brand after I met the founder, Truett Cathy in person.”

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“From that point, I decided that whatever I did in life, I wanted to do it in some way in partnership Chick-fil-A,” continued Ayers. “In learning that Chick-fil-A wanted to expand in the Wayne market, I knew this would be a great opportunity for me to share my passion for the brand with the Wayne community. It was also an opportunity to provide employment for the people in this community and I’m also looking forward to supporting education by partnering with the local high schools and middle schools.”

Why did Ayers choose Wayne to open his restaurant? “There were a few opportunities for my wife and myself and we visited several locations, but we realized that there was a lot going on here, a lot to do and a huge mall here,” said Ayers. “But more importantly, we experienced something different in the atmosphere of this community and my wife and I knew that we could enjoy life here, so we made the choice and couldn’t be happier.”

The 5800 square foot restaurant boasts a children’s play place, a drive through and car-side delivery for customers who order on the Chick-fil-A One app. “We offer reward points for people who order on our Chick-fil-A One app,” said Ayers.

“When I found out that Chick-fil-A was open,” said customer Kendra Dino, “I drove down her just to get my sons gift cards to put in their Christmas stockings.  They love Chick-fil-A!”

The anticipation is over. Chick-fil-A is open in Wayne and it’s time to eat!