Chick-fil-A promotional stunt to offer 2000 free sandwiches in Brick Saturday

    Who says there’s no such thing as a free lunch?

    In advance of the upcoming Chick-fil-A opening in Brick, representatives from the fast foot restaurant will give away 2,000 free sandwiches at Dick’s Sporting Goods on Route 70 in Brick from 11:00 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. Saturday — or until the sandwiches are gone. 

    “This is our way of thanking you for welcoming us to your community,” the company said in a release. “We look forward to serving you and your family!”

    The restaurant will open on June 26 at 522 Route 70 in Brick. 

    Chick-fil-A’s stunt is about boosting its bottom line, but it could help erase the brand’s controversial past.

    In 2012, its CEO, Dan Cathy, a self-described evangelical Christian, went public with his opposition to gay marriage. A stance that today he says was a mistake.

    The company is well-known for its boneless breast of fried chicken sandwich adorned with pickles, first served at a suburban Atlanta shopping mall in 1967. It’s the second largest quick-service chicken restaurant chain in the United States, with over 1,700 locations in 39 states and Washington, D.C., according to the company. 

    Want a digest of WHYY’s programs, events & stories? Sign up for our weekly newsletter.

    It will take 126,000 members this year for great news and programs to thrive. Help us get to 100% of the goal.