28 December 2019 04:39
Meet the Jollibee superfan who's been camped at the Chandler restaurant since Christmas While many were warm in their beds on Christmas night, one Jollibee superfan was camped out in a parking lot. Irene Daguio Ballesteros-Shields loves the Filipino fast-food chain so much she decided to camp out for three nights, ensuring she'll be first in line at the grand opening of Arizona's first Jollibee in Chandler on Dec. 28. "It's like a reunion even if you don't know anybody," Ballesteros-Shields says. The highly anticipated new restaurant is scheduled to open at 7 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 28. From the outside, the new Jollibee in Chandler looks much like any other fast food restaurant.
FOR SUBSCRIBERS: Why iconic Filipino restaurant Jollibee is coming to Chandler Until now, Arizonans on the hunt for a Yum burger had to drive to California or Nevada for the nearest Jollibee restaurant. Chandler, an area with a large Asian community, will now be home to the first Arizona location. Ballesteros-Shields lives in east Mesa and is thrilled the new location is about 10 minutes from her house. But even though the new restaurant is close, she couldn't risk not being the first in line. After celebrating Christmas with her family, Ballesteros-Shields headed to Jollibee. During an unusually rainy spell for metro Phoenix, Ballesteros-Shields has managed to stay dry in her car. Jollibee workers setting up the restaurant for opening day have promised Ballesteros-Shields extra collectible memorabilia for her dedication. Employees told Ballesteros-Shields about a customer in Calgary, Canada, who camped out for two days before the Jollibee opening. Friends and family have visited to bring Ballesteros-Shields food and warm socks and to hold her place in line while she quickly showers at a friend's house nearby. "I wanted to be here on Monday," Ballesteros-Shields says laughing, "but my husband said, 'You're going to choose that over Christmas?'" Ballesteros-Shields moved to Arizona in 1993 and has been waiting for a Jollibee restaurant to open ever since. Whenever the family visits the Philippines, the first thing they do is eat at Jollibee. Ballesteros-Shields can't wait to share Jollibee with her friends in Arizona and those who haven't tried it before. On Saturday, she plans to order Chickenjoy and spaghetti for her family. Until then, she'll be waiting excitedly in her car parked close to the new restaurant. STORM THE CASTLE: Meet the couple camped out to be Arizona White Castle's first customers Jollibee grand opening The first 50 customers in line who spend $25 or more will receive one free six-piece bucket of chicken every month for a year. The first 50 customers who bring a sign with the hashtag #ItsOurTurn will get a free Jollibee Funko Pop! The first 300 customers on Saturday and the first 100 customers on Sunday and Monday will also get a free Jollibee collectible. PHOENIX – After White Castle finally opened an Arizona location and took the Valley by storm, Jollibee is joining the party and will hold a grand opening for its first Arizona location this weekend in Chandler. Jollibee, the largest fast-food chain in the Philippines, will celebrate the grand opening at Germann and Gilbert roads at 7 a.m. Saturday. The first 50 customers in line with a minimum purchase of $25 will receive one six-piece bucket of the signature fried chicken item "Chickenjoy" per month for one year. According to company Facebook post, the first customer got in line on Christmas, three nights before the opening. The Chandler location marks the 40th store to open in 11 states, according to a press release. Other promotional items for the grand opening include a free Jollibee collectible with a minimum purchase of $25 for the first 300 customers on opening day and 100 customers on the following two days, and a Jollibee Funko Pop to the first 50 who have a colorful and creative #ItsOurTurn sign.