Ten weeks and $3.2 million dollars later, the Chick-fil-A in Fort Walton Beach reopened on Thursday with a flurry of drive-thru orders.

FORT WALTON BEACH — Ten weeks and $3.2 million dollars later, the Chick-fil-A in Fort Walton Beach reopened on Thursday with a flurry of drive-thru orders.


The now two-lane drive-thru was busy on reopening day, as locals clamored for their chicken sandwiches and nuggets.


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Customers were also promised special messages on their bags ahead of the reopening, according to the store’s Facebook page.


The reopening of the store and the expanded drive-thru comes as the coronavirus pandemic ramps up locally and people look for meal options that adhere to social distancing guidelines.


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Matthew Sexton, the store’s owner, gave some words of comfort in an interview with the Daily News, shortly before the reopening.


"The vision statement for Chick-fil-A this year, as a brand, is ‘To be the world’s most caring company,’ " said Chick-fil-A owner Matthew Sexton. "In such a time as this, that seems very fitting. It’s about a lot more than just opening up and selling chicken again ... we’re coming back in a time where people are sick and people are dying and things are in disarray.


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"If we can open back up and help some people in the community in a dark time, in any way, that’s what we’re going to try and do."



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