Cordele — Well the wait is over and the city's newest edition, Chick-fil-A is now open for business. A ribbon cutting ceremony was held Thursday morning to commemorate the occasion. After words of welcome and encouragement from city and county officials as well as corporate leaders of the franchise the ribbon was officially cut by MeriBeth McNeill. McNeill and her husband Jess, of Americus, own the Chick-fil-A. Following the ribbon cutting was the official First Bite ceremony where patrons of the ribbon cutting joined together to take the first official bite of a Chick-fil-A sandwich. Pictured are Crisp County Commissioners Wallace Mathis, Chairman of the Cordele-Crisp Chamber of Commerce Eli Tinsley, Cordele Commission Chairman Zack Wade, and Jess and MeriBeth McNeill. Tinsley presented the McNeills with an official chamber decal for their restaurant. The event ended with a posting of the colors by the Crisp County High School JROTC Color Guard, a trumpet rendition of the National Anthem by a Chick-fil-A rep and the pledge of allegiance. Those attending were also treated to plush replicas of the famous Chick-fil-A cow and insulated coffee mugs.
Several customers have commented on the fast and friendly service they have received so far today as they patron the new business.