A Tampa Bay Chick-fil-A location is now offering free drone delivery

If the drone can't handle your massive chicken order, they'll just bring it to you in a van.

click to enlarge The E. Brandon/Valrico Chick-fil-A restaurant. - Screengrab via Google Street
Screengrab via Google Street
The E. Brandon/Valrico Chick-fil-A restaurant.
The traffic is so bad in Tampa Bay that even chicken sandwiches are avoiding the roads at all costs.

Yesterday, the E. Brandon/Valrico Chick-fil-A restaurant (located at 1504 E. Brandon Blvd) announced that it's now offering free drone delivery.

In a demonstration video posted to Facebook on Monday, the brief clip shows a Chick-fil-A order getting bagged up and handed off to a DroneUp pilot, who then puts the food in a white box and attaches it to a drone in a coned-off parking lot launch site. The food is then seen getting air dropped from the sky into some hungry guy's yard.

The service is free for a limited time, says the company, and is available Monday through Friday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

A representative at the location told Creative Loafing that orders have to be within a 1.2-mile radius, but the location is hoping to expand that to two miles soon.

In terms of weight limits, the rep stated that if the drone can't handle your massive chicken order, they'll just bring it to you in a van.

This is at least the second major brand to partner with DroneUp. Last year, the company announced it was also brining drone delivery services to select Walmarts in the Tampa area.

To order via drone, use the Chick-fil-A app, and select “Chick-fil-A Delivery.”

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Colin Wolf

Colin Wolf has been working with weekly newspapers since 2007 and has been the Digital Editor for Creative Loafing Tampa since 2019. He is also the Director of Digital Content Strategy for CL's parent company, Chava Communications.
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