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Fast-food chicken sandwich chain.

5200 Buffington Road
Atlanta, GA 30349
Employees: 50,000+
CEO: Truett Cathy
Privately held

Website: http://www.chickfila.com

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Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A, Inc., the nation's second-largest quick-service chicken restaurant chain (based on sales), currently has over 1,500 restaurants in 39 states and Washington, D.C. Credited with inventing the original boneless breast of chicken sandwich and first introducing the chicken nugget concept, Chick-fil-A serves nutritious and freshly prepared food products in malls, stand-alone restaurants, Drive-Thru-Only locations, Chick-fil-A Dwarf House and Truett's Grill full-service restaurants, and through licensed outlets in college campuses, hospitals, airports, businesses and industrial sites.

Chick-fil-A stores serve breakfast, chicken sandwiches, wraps and salads.

In 2010, Chick-fil-A said it passed system-wide sales of more than $3.5 billion for the first time. Sales were up 11.3% from the previous year.

Chick-fil-A does not open on Sundays, a rarity in the business world. The chain's founder, Truett Cathy, wanted to ensure that every Chick-fil-A employee and restaurant operator had an opportunity to worship, spend time with family and friends or just plain rest from the work week.

The company is one of the largest family-owned businesses in the country. Founder Truett Cathy's sons, Dan and Donald, are President and Vice-Presidents with Chick-fil-A.

The company sponsors the annual Chick-Fil-A Bowl game played in Atlanta, formerly known as the Peach Bowl.


Truett Cathy started the business in 1946, when he and his brother, Ben, opened an Atlanta diner known as The Dwarf Grill (later renamed The Dwarf House). Ben tragically died in a plane crash two years later. The restaurant prospered and Cathy would experiment with making chicken sandwiches.

Cathy developed the recipe for chicken sandwiches in the early 1960s and trademarked the name "Chick-fil-A" in 1963. He personally came up with the name Chick-fil-A as a play on the words chicken fillet with the A at the end standing for top quality.

In 1967, Cathy founded and opened the first Chick-fil-A restaurant in Atlanta's Greenbriar Shopping Center.

The chain grew rapidly with the help of franchisees. In 1986, the company moved beyond malls and opened its first free-standing restaurant in Atlanta.

In 1996, to commemorate Truett Cathy's 50th anniversary as a restaurateur, Truett's Grill features a 1950s retro-style decor, complete with a replica of Cathy's first motorcycle, a restored 1927 Indian Scout. A departure from the chicken-only menu at Chick-fil-A, Truett's Grill offers an array of breakfast, lunch and dinner menu items and three service options: counter service, seated diner service and drive-thru service. Truett's Grill opened in May 1996 and is located in Morrow, Ga.  Chick-fil-A opened a second Truett's Grill in McDonough, Ga. in 2003, and is planning a third location in south Atlanta toward the end of 2006.

Also in 1996, the company began sponsoring the Peach Bowl college football game in Atlanta and has done so for nine straight years. The game is known as the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl.


The following are benefits for management employees.

- Dental coverage for you and your eligible dependents
- Prescription drug card
- Vision care
- Long-Term Disability plan, with optional buy-ups
- Life Insurance plan, with optional buy-ups
- Accidental Death and Dismemberment
- Two weeks of accrued vacation every year for your first four years
- Three weeks of accrued vacation every year after five years of employment
- Five-day workweek; two consecutive days off
- Manager meal allowance privilege
- Extensive training and development programs including our own "Career Roadmap"
- Company-paid sick days and bereavement pay
- Dessert discounts on our tempting cheesecakes and other desserts, as well as retail merchandise
- Direct payroll deposit
- Paid relocation assistance
- Performance Based Stock Options
- 401(k) with company contribution

Updated October 25, 2011