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Carl's Jr. opening in Tempe draws campout crowd

TEMPE, Ariz. -- They camped out in lawn chairs and bundled up for the night, waiting for the Friday opening of a Carl's Jr. near Scottsdale and Curry roads.

Rick Clarke was one of the first 500 guests in line to get a coupon book for a free menu item every week for a year.

"I've been here probably a bit too long. Since 2 o'clock (Thursday) afternoon. It's a good thing that Carl's Jr. is doing for the community."

The restaurant will feature drive-thru service, free Wi-Fi and partial tableside service.

There are 83 Carl's Jr. restaurants across the state and new locations will open soon in Phoenix and Payson.

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Position: Senior News Reporter. Started with KTAR July 4, 1999.

Favorite spots in Arizona: Pinetop-Lakeside, Alpine, Greer.

Have covered some of the biggest stories in Arizona including nine of the top 10 largest wildfires in state history. The Wallow Fire in 2011 became the largest fire in state history. Rodeo-Chediski Fire in June 2002, which is the second largest fire in Arizona. Covered the Yarnell Hill Tragedy in June 2013 that left 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots dead.

Favorite movies: True Grit, both 1969 John Wayne classic and the remake with Jeff Bridges and Lonesome Dove.

Sports Teams: Washington State University Cougars, Texas Longhorns, The University of Montana Grizzlies.

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