“We are so thankful for your hard work and proud of our community as we work to rebuild, together.”

Meghan Overdeep
September 21, 2018
Facebook/Chick-fil-A Oleander

A North Carolina Chick-fil-A opened its doors on Thursday for the first since Hurricane Florence hit—but only for very special customers.

After being shuttered by the historic storm, the Chick-fil-A location on Oleander Drive in Wilmington announced on Facebook that it would be reopening its dining room to first responders only. The general public would have to use the drive-thru.

Between 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., the men and women leading the recovery effort were invited to sit back, relax, and enjoy a free meal in the dining room.

“All first responders, emergency personnel, and linemen are invited to join us for a free meal. We will have our dining room open for you,” the restaurant wrote. “We are so thankful for your hard work and proud of our community as we work to rebuild, together.”

Good afternoon Wilmington! Chick-fil-A ®️ Oleander will be OPEN serving the General public in our drive-thru only...

Posted by Chick-fil-A Oleander on Wednesday, September 19, 2018

"We wanted to provide yet another place for responders to use the restroom, get a hot meal and cold drink, and rest out of the hot sun," the restaurant told Fox News.

First Responders

Posted by Chick-fil-A Oleander on Thursday, September 20, 2018

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"[Chick-fil-A Oleander owner] Mr. Mike Perdue and our whole staff are very thankful to all who are serving our community and we would love the opportunity to give back to all those who are giving their time to serve Wilmington and the surrounding areas."

Now that’s what we call good service!