COPPERAS COVE — City officials, chamber members, residents and the famous Chick-fil-A cow made their appearance Thursday at an opening ceremony for a new Chick-fil-A restaurant.

The fast-food restaurant, at 202 Robert Griffin III Blvd., officially opened at 6 a.m. Wednesday as more than 100 people waited in line.

Franchise owner Stephen Kennedy told the crowd he and his family were glad to be part of the Copperas Cove community.

“I want to be actively involved in the community. This is your Chick-fil-A,” Kennedy said. “Whatever we can do to keep business in Copperas Cove, that’s what we’ll do.”

Local residents Kristi Kelley and Corrine Garcia took their little girls to Chick-fil-A for a play date after hearing about the event through Facebook.

“We like that they are a Christian-based company and that they’re closed on Sunday,” Garcia said. “I do like Chick-fil-A, and I thought it would be a good way to get out of the house and take the kids to have some fun. Plus, we’re big chicken eaters.”

Dan Yancey, chairman of the Copperas Cove Economic Development Corporation, said Chick-fil-A is a great addition to the community..

“We’re always thrilled when national brands recognize the market in Copperas Cove is right for a successful venture,” he said. “And certainly, we hope this is just the continuation of more to come.”

Councilman Mark Peterson reiterated Yancey’s sentiment and said the addition of the national chain shows positive business growth and development.

“This is just another indication that Copperas Cove is continuing to grow,” he said. “And it provides our community with more choices to stay in Cove.”

From 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Chick-fil-A collected new items to support the Coryell County Rainbow Room in its effort to help abused and children in need. Cindi Pickett, a Chick-fil-A spokeswoman, said Kennedy picked the organization to make a positive impact on the community. Those who donated received a coupon for a free chicken sandwich.

“We’re there to supply them (kids) with clothes, strollers or whatever the families don’t have when they take them in,” said Janie French, a Rainbow Room board member.

To reach Azeita Taylor, the Copperas Cove Herald office at 254-501-7476.

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