Dozens of Alvinites began lining up in front of the new Wendy’s as early as 5 p.m. Thursday after it was announced via Facebook that upon opening for the first time at 10 a.m. Friday the establishment would give its first 100 customers free Wendy’s for a year.

“If I’m being honest, I think a lot of people in this town’s really small, there’s not much to do. I’m pretty sure that’s the reason there’s such a big turnout,” Brian Goza said.

He and several of his friends, all 19 or 20 years old, were first in line, spurred on by Jeremiah Sanchez, who had the original idea to camp out.

Sanchez said there aren’t usually very many options for something to do in Alvin on a Thursday night and “Wendy’s fries are so much better than McDonald’s.”

Debbie Williams, who has camped out multiple times when Chik-fil-A did similar promotions, said she was originally going to arrive early in the morning but couldn’t get sleep because of the helicopters constantly flying over her house as part of aerial military maneuvers that took place much of last week.

“I can’t sleep, I might as well come up here and just chat all night,” Williams said in good spirits.

Beyond getting free food once a week for a year, many were happy to see Wendy’s finally coming to Alvin.

Goza said he goes to Wendy’s every time he’s out of town and one is available, while Debbie Williams and her friend Rafaela Garza recall always having to go out of town for years to eat at Wendy’s.

“We have to go to Dickinson when we want Wendy’s,” Garza said.

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