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Chick-fil-A now offering drone delivery service at Florida location

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A Florida Chick-fil-A location is exclusively offering drone delivery service to local customers.

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Diners within a 1.2-mile radius of the Brandon/Valrico Chick-fil-A in Central Florida will now have the option to have their spicy chicken sandwiches and milkshakes delivered via drone for a limited time.

Drone delivery is available between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, the restaurant announced on social media last week. The fast food joint said it hopes to expand to a 2-mile radius in the near future.

The restaurant partnered with DroneUp, a Virginia-based tech company that also launched a drone delivery service with a Tampa Walmart last year, The Tampa Bay Times reported.

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The popular fried chicken chain declined to share where drone delivery would be introduced next.

Drone delivery is now available at Chick-fil-A.
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The drones can deliver food within a 1.2-mile radius
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“We are in the early stages of testing drone delivery at a small number of Chick-fil-A restaurants,” Chick-fil-A spokesperson Chelsea Lee told the local newspaper in an email.

Customers must select the “drone delivery” option on the Chick-fil-A app for special service. Once doing so, employees load their food order into a cardboard box and attach the box to a drone outside of the restaurant, according to a video posted by the restaurant showing how the process works.

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The drone then flies the food to its destination, lowers the box with a cable and drops it gently on the ground for the customer to pick up.

The food is loaded into a box and gently dropped off.
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The drone delivery is only available at the one Florida location Mondays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
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Drinks, which are sealed before leaving the restaurant, can also be delivered, the location said.

“Just got ours – that was super fast. Food was hot, perfect – thanks!!!!” one satisfied customer commented on the restaurant’s Facebook page.

Another posted a video of her delivery being dropped off at her home: “The most exciting thing ever,” she quipped.

Drones are the latest delivery innovations Chick-fil-A has been trying. The company announced last May that it was testing out autonomous delivery vehicles at select restaurants across the country.

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