A new standalone Chick-fil-A restaurant will open at 6 a.m. Thursday in Fairview Heights.
The first 100 participants who comply with official rules will receive a grand prize of free food for a year: One Chick-fil-A Meal (chicken sandwich, waffle potato fries and drink) per week for a year -- 52 meals.
You can enter by showing up at the parking lot, located on the outlot in front of Lowe's on North Illinois Street. at 6 a.m. Aug. 1 for a chance to receive an entry into a raffle drawing.
The pre-opening "camp out" is a tradition with every new restaurant the chicken sandwich chain opens. Whether or not a raffle is needed on Wednesday morning, registered participants are required to remain on the property until prizes are awarded Thursday morning.
Chick-fil-A also operates inside the Food Court at St. Clair Square in Fairview Heights and inside the University Center at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.
Hertz Rent-a-Car has a new location in Granite City. The car rental chain is now located at Dempsey-Adams CARSTAR at 1837 Madison Ave. Call 451-9511 to learn more.
Sunrise Family Restaurant has suddenly closed on Belleville's west end. A sign on one of the restaurant's windows at 6401 W. Main St. indicates that the space is available for rent.
Bada Bling Boutique is a new store in O'Fallon that specializes in carrying exclusive lines of women's, men's and children's clothing, fashion jewelry, unique accessories, gourmet food and gifts. The new store claims that more than 80 percent of it merchandise is not sold in any major store in the St. Louis area. You can find them at 311 S. Lincoln St. The store is open Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. Call 589-3880 or visit online at www.bada-bling-boutique.com to find out more.
And finally, Home Federal Savings & Loan is celebrating its 125th anniversary next month with a free lunch, prize drawings and entertainment. The celebration is planned for noon to 3 p.m. Aug. 25 in the bank, at 100 E. Clay St. in Collinsville. The event will feature entertainment, a free barbecue lunch from Bert's Chuck Wagon for the first 300 in attendance and prize drawings for $50 gasoline cards plus special 1887 commemorative silver dollars to be given away each hour. Fore more information, call 345-1121.
Contact reporter Will Buss at firstname.lastname@example.org or 239-2526.