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The History


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The History


We should be about more than just selling chicken. We should be a part of our customers’ lives and the communities in which we serve.
— S. TRUETT CATHY 1921—2014

In the Beginning

It started in 1946, when Truett Cathy opened his first restaurant, Dwarf Grill, in Hapeville, Georgia. Credited with inventing the boneless breast of chicken sandwich, Mr. Cathy founded Chick-fil-A, INC. in the early 1960's and pioneered the establishment of restaurants in shopping malls with the opening of the first Chick-fil-A at a mall in Atlanta in 1967. Since then, Chick-fil-A has steadily grown to become the largest quick-service chicken restaurant chain in the US, based on domestic annual sales with over 2,000 locations in 42 states. Annual sales were nearly $8 Billion in 2016. Chick-fil-A is still privately held and family owned. With 47 consecutive years of positive sales growth, Chick-fil-A has set itself apart by pioneering innovations and delicious products- including the ever popular Chick-fil-A® Chicken Sandwich. 

 

 

 

Why We're Closed on Sundays

Our founder, Truett Cathy, made the decision to close on Sundays in 1946 when he opened his first restaurant in Hapeville, Georgia. Having worked seven days a week in restaurants open 24 hours, Truett saw the importance of closing on Sundays so that he and his employees could set aside one day to rest and worship if they choose - a practice we uphold today.

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Fresh Food Prep

At Chick-fil-A we take a "cook less, more often" approach. By studying smart, lean manufacturing principles used in other industries, we have created new ways to serve our guests the freshest food possible while reducing food waste.

Restaurant Design

Serving communities across the country with more than 2,100 restaurants, today customers can find Chick-fil-A inside airports, malls, college campuses, in the heart of Manhattan, and nestled among the thousands of busy streets connecting neighborhoods in 46 states and the District of Columbia. An innovator from the start, Chick-fil-A was the first restaurant to pair shopping and eating by opening its first restaurant in an Atlanta-area mall. Today our restaurant designs are still leading the way, most recently receiving recognition for a California restaurant design that placed Chick-fil-A among the likes of design icons such as Apple, Ralph Lauren, and Lululemon.

Corporate Purpose


“To glorify God by being a faithful steward of all that is entrusted to us and to have a positive influence on all who come into contact with Chick-fil-A.”

Corporate Purpose


“To glorify God by being a faithful steward of all that is entrusted to us and to have a positive influence on all who come into contact with Chick-fil-A.”