Vancouver can eat more ‘chikin’ at a second Chick-fil-A


Dozens line up early to be among the first to order at Vancouver Mall location

Keith Hallett made a promise to himself that he would be one of the first in line.

So he arrived at the new Chick-fil-A restaurant on the perimeter of Vancouver Mall at 7 a.m. Thursday.

The drive-thru at the restaurant opened at 11 a.m.

Yes, he was there four hours early.

Now open! Chick-fil-A at the Vancouver Mall opened Thursday morning to enthusiastic customers. Photo by Mike Schultz
Now open! Chick-fil-A at the Vancouver Mall opened Thursday morning to enthusiastic customers. Photo by Mike Schultz

Hallett ordered two deluxe meals, and he was the first of many customers to be handed a small stuffed cow, with a sign that read  “Eat mor chikin,” part of the restaurant’s famous ad campaign asking folks to try something other than burgers.

But it’s not just the food that Hallett loves. It’s the service.

“They’re the best, they really are,” he said. “They hire nothing but the best.”

John Dombroski, the local franchise owner, was on hand to personally welcome the first guests.

Keith Hallett, in the white Jeep, said he arrived at around 7 a.m. to make sure he was one of the first in line when the Chick-fil-A at Vancouver Mall opened at 11 a.m. Photo by Mike Schultz
Keith Hallett, in the white Jeep, said he arrived at around 7 a.m. to make sure he was one of the first in line when the Chick-fil-A at Vancouver Mall opened at 11 a.m. Photo by Mike Schultz

“We are a purpose-driven business,” Dombroski said via press release. “We exist to care for our community and to nourish the whole person on both sides of the counter. This purpose guides and shapes how we serve our guests, how we develop and invest in our team, and how we source and prepare our food. We are excited to partner with the Vancouver Mall.”

Thursday’s debut of Vancouver’s second Chick-fil-A restaurant was not as highly anticipated as the debut in the market in 2016. The east Vancouver location remains a popular eating destination, with long lines at its drive-thru system. 

As is the case at the east Vancouver location, the line at the new Chick-fil-A in Vancouver, near the Vancouver Mall, was moving along at a decent clip Thursday morning. Photo by Mike Schultz
As is the case at the east Vancouver location, the line at the new Chick-fil-A in Vancouver, near the Vancouver Mall, was moving along at a decent clip Thursday morning. Photo by Mike Schultz

Now, Vancouver has two options. The Vancouver Mall location is near Macy’s, on the perimeter of the parking lot. It is next to a new Five Guys, which also recently opened. 

For now, this Chick-fil-A will be open limited hours, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Chick-fil-A is famous for being closed on Sundays. Team members will use this opening as an opportunity to review operations before expanding hours. Eventually, the restaurant will be more than drive-thru only, as well.

The east Vancouver Chick-fil-A drive-thru is open from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. 

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Paul Valencia joins ClarkCountyToday.com after more than two decades of newspaper experience. He became the face of high school sports coverage in Clark County during his 17 years at The Columbian. Before moving to Vancouver, Paul worked at Oregon daily newspapers in Pendleton, Roseburg, and Salem. A graduate of David Douglas High School in Portland, Paul enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving three years as a soldier/journalist. He and his wife Jenny recently celebrated their 20th anniversary. They have a son who has a passion for karate and Minecraft. Paul’s hobbies include: Watching the Raiders play football, reading about the Raiders playing football, and waiting to watch and read about the Raiders playing football.

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