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At the Spring Hill Chick-fil-A, sales skyrocketed on 'Appreciation Day'

SPRING HILL

Chick-fil-A sales skyrocketed last Wednesday

Hernando's only Chick-fil-A didn't just set a sales record Wednesday — it battered and deep-fried it. "It was pretty much double our best day ever," said Ben Wilson, marketing director for the restaurant on Cortez Boulevard. Wilson estimated that the store conducted more than 2,000 transactions, serving about 5,000 customers. An average day: about 1,500 customers. It was the same across the country as the Atlanta-based company set a one-day sales record amid an ongoing controversy over Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy's stance against same-sex marriage. Wilson didn't dare wade into the politics of chicken. "At the end of the day, all we're really here to do is serve chicken," he said. "We didn't organize (Wednesday's Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day). Our position is, 'Hey, we're here to serve chicken.' "

Learn to write a grant Monday

Communities in School of Hernando County will offer a grant-writing workshop from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday at the Hernando County Health Department, 7551 Forest Oaks Blvd. The class will be taught by Barbara Sweinberg, who has more than 35 years of experience writing grants. Participants will learn the basics of finding and writing grants for a nonprofit organization. The cost to participate is $50, with check or money order payable to Communities in Schools of Hernando County. RSVP to info@cishernando.org or call (352) 277-3322.

BROOKSVILLE

Donate school supplies, money

The Children's Home Society of Florida has kicked off its annual back-to-school drive and is seeking donations, both monetary and supplies such as backpacks, pencils, pens, calculators, rulers, crayons, markers and clothing. All donations are needed by Friday. Supplies may be dropped off at the local society office at 201 Howell Ave., Suite 300, Brooksville. Contact Debra Paul at (352) 754-1111.

Today's picks

Fairgrounds Flea Market and Thrift Store: 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6436 Broad St., Brooksville. (352) 796-4552.

World War II Commemorative Day: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Dade Battlefield Historic State Park, 7200 County Road 603, Bushnell. $3 per carload (up to 8 people), $1 per walker/bicyclist. (352) 793-4781.

Stage West presents 'The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee': 2 p.m., Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. $10. (352) 683-5113. stagewest.net.

At the Spring Hill Chick-fil-A, sales skyrocketed on 'Appreciation Day' 08/04/12 [Last modified: Saturday, August 4, 2012 11:48am]
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