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It all started in 1946, when Truett Cathy opened his first restaurant, Dwarf
Grill, in Hapeville, Georgia. Credited with inventing Chick-fil-A's
boneless breast of chicken sandwich, Mr. Cathy founded Chick-fil-A,
Inc. in the early 1960s and pioneered the establishment of restaurants in shopping
malls with the opening of the first Chick-fil-A Restaurant
at a mall in suburban Atlanta in 1967. Since then, Chick-fil-A has steadily grown
to become the second largest quick-service chicken restaurant chain in the United
States, with over 1,700 locations in 39 states and Washington, D.C. In 2012, annual
sales were over $4.6 billion. Chick-fil-A is still privately held and family owned.
With 45 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.
System-wide sales in 2012 reached $4.6 billion. These figures reflect an 14 percent
increase over the chain's 2011 performance and a same-store sales increase of 8
Mall/In-Line Restaurants: Recognized as the pioneer in quick-service
mall food, Chick-fil-A still considers mall-based Restaurants
an integral part of its business. More than 300 major shopping mall Restaurants
are in operation today.
Stand-alone Restaurants: In response to customer demand for convenience
and accessibility, Chick-fil-A began opening stand-alone
Restaurants in high-traffic locations starting in 1986. The chain now has over
1000 stand-alone locations.
Drive-Thru Only Outlets: These outlets offer fast service and added
convenience to the customer. Chick-fil-A currently
has 33 drive-thru-only Restaurants across the country.
Dwarf House®: Truett's original, full-service Restaurants
offer an extensive menu and provide customers a choice of table service, walk-up
counter service or a drive-thru window. Eleven Chick-fil-A
Dwarf House restaurants currently operate in the metro Atlanta area.
Truett's Grill®: Truett's Grill is a full-service
'50s diner-themed concept that features the full Chick-fil-A
menu, as well as select items from Truett Cathy's original Dwarf Grill restaurant,
which he and his brother opened in Hapeville, Georgia, in 1946. Featuring a streamline
diner design with unique decor, Truett's Grill offers counter service, seated dine-in
service and drive-thru service. The first Truett's Grill opened in 1996 in Morrow,
Georgia, to commemorate Truett's 50th Anniversary as a restaurateur. In May 2003,
a second restaurant was opened in McDonough, Georgia, and a third Truett's Grill
opened in Griffin, Georgia, in October 2006 in celebration of Truett's 60 years
in the restaurant industry.
Licensed, Non-Traditional Outlets: Chick-fil-A
has established this licensing program to enable licensees to serve delicious Chick-fil-A food in settings such as college campuses,
hospitals, airports, and business and industry locations. For these outlets, the
Chick-fil-A brand is licensed to established institutional
contract foodservice providers or self-operated foodservice providers. There are
approximately 237 licensed locations currently.
Satellite/"Lunch-Counter": Satellite or "lunch-counter"
concepts offer fast service to customers in office buildings and high-traffic locations
during peak lunch hours. There are 6 satellite locations currently.
Sixteen years after the chain signed on as the first-ever title sponsor of the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl – and six years after the debut
of the newly renamed Chick-fil-A Bowl®
– the classic college football match-up and longest-running rivalry between Atlantic
Coast Conference (ACC) and Southeastern Conference (SEC) teams continues to set
records. The 2012 Chick-fil-A Bowl drew a 15th-consecutive
sellout crowd to Atlanta's Georgia Dome to witness the December 31 clash between
the ACC's Clemson Tigers and the SEC's LSU Tigers. The game continues to
lead all bowls in charitable donations with 15.7 million given in the last decade to a variety of charities, including WinShape
Homes®, and has provided a record $7.1 million total payout
to Clemson and LSU. Furthering its partnership with college sports, Chick-fil-A is a proud corporate partner of the Big 12.
Over the past three years, Chick-fil-A, Inc. and its franchised Restaurant Operators have given more than $68 million in contributions to over 700 educational and charitable organizations and have provided millions of dollars in food donations all across America. Take a look below to see the impact of our giving, how we give, and how giving has always been a part of our company culture. Chick-fil-A focuses its giving in three key areas:
1. Youth & Education Programs - From providing scholarship opportunities for our Team Members to supporting youth programs across America, the Chick-fil-A Foundation is committed to education and youth development. read more
2. Community Involvement and Local Giving - Serving our local neighbors with food donations, supporting those in need and taking care of the people who take care of our communities, our franchised Restaurant Operators are committed to serving beyond their restaurant doors. read more
3. Leadership & Family Enrichment Programs - The WinShape Foundation, created in 1982, grew from Chick-fil-A founder Truett Cathy's desire to "shape winners" by helping young people succeed in life. Today, the foundation provides several programs focused on creating strong youth through leadership programs and supporting families and enriching marriages. read more
Our Giving Tradition
For the past 66 years, we have built a foundational commitment to service – service to our customers, service to our franchised Restaurant Operators and their Team Members, and service to our communities.
This begins in the restaurant – one customer at a time. We firmly believe in treating every person who comes through our doors with honor, dignity, and respect. We teach it to everyone who comes to work at Chick-fil-A, and it’s something that they take with them throughout their careers – whether they choose to stay with Chick-fil-A or go on to other promising careers. But to us, service goes beyond our restaurant doors. We serve our communities through volunteerism and giving. We also make a commitment to take care of the people who take care of our communities. For example, by giving sandwiches to first responders in times of crisis, we honor the commitment they make to serve all of us. And our philanthropic giving reinforces that commitment to service by helping children and families in need. This is what makes us who we are. read more
S. Truett Cathy, Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Dan T. Cathy, President and Chief Operating Officer
Donald M. "Bubba" Cathy, Executive Vice President and
Dwarf House President
James "Buck" McCabe, Executive Vice President, Finance
and Chief Financial Officer
Steve Robinson, Executive Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer
Perry Ragsdale, Executive Vice President, Design, and Construction
Timothy Tassopoulos, Executive Vice President, Operations
5200 Buffington Road
Atlanta, GA 30349-2998