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Truett Cathy

s.truett cathy 1921-—2014

Coffee, sugar, and a napkin.
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Company History

Old image of the original Dwarf House

1946: Dwarf Grill

Truett Cathy opens his original diner, the Dwarf Grill, in the Atlanta suburb of Hapeville (later renamed Dwarf House®)

Truett Cathy making chicken sandwich on the grill

1964: Original Chicken Sandwich

After testing out hundreds of recipes, Truett Cathy creates the recipe for the original chicken sandwich with two pickles on a toasted butter bun in 1964.

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1984: Corporate Headquarters

Chick-fil-A established its corporate headquarters, recently renamed the Support Center, located just outside of downtown Atlanta.

Image of the first Chick-fil-A restaurant

1986: First Free-standing Chick-fil-A Restaurant

Chick-fil-A moves outside of the mall food court in 1986, opening its first stand-alone restaurant on North Druid Hills Road in Atlanta.

1995: Eat Mor Chikin

The first advertising campaign featuring Holstein cows with the message "Eat Mor Chikin®".

Chic-fil-A Peach Bowl  football game

1996: Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl

Chick-fil-A announces title sponsorship of one of the country's longest standing bowl games, the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl.

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2006: Chick-fil-A surpasses $2 billion in system-wide sales

For the first time, Chick-fil-A sales surpass $2 billion, securing the family-owned company as a billion-dollar brand.

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2007: Advertising Walk of Fame

Advertising Week honors the Chick-fil-A "Eat Mor Chikin®" Cows as one of America’s most popular advertising icons by welcoming them as the newest members of New York’s Madison Avenue Advertising Walk of Fame.

Picture of Truett Cathy sitting in a chair

2014: S. Truett Cathy passes away at 93

After a long and meaningful life, Chick-fil-A founder Truett Cathy passes away.

View of NYC Chick-fil-A from across the street

2015: Chick-fil-A opens in NYC

In 2015 Chick-fil-A opens its doors in the heart of the Big Apple's Garment District at 37th and 6th. The three-story, 5,000-square-foot restaurant is the largest Chick-fil-A restaurant in the country and specifically designed for the busy lifestyle of New York customers.

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S. Truett Cathy

1921-2014

Chick-fil-A, Inc., Founder S. Truett Cathy died Sept. 8, 2014, at age 93. 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®). Through the years, that restaurant prospered and led Cathy to further the success of his business. In 1967, Cathy founded and opened the first Chick-fil-A restaurant in Atlanta's Greenbriar Shopping Center. Today, Chick-fil-A has the highest same-store sales and is the largest quick-service chicken restaurant chain in the United States based on annual system-wide sales.

Cathy was the author of six books and was a committed philanthropist dedicated to making a difference in the lives of youth. He was the recipient of countless awards over the years, both for his business acumen and for his charity. With his wife of 65 years, Jeannette McNeil Cathy, he led a life that was centered on biblical principles and family, and is survived by his sons Dan T. and Don "Bubba" Cathy; daughter Trudy Cathy White; 12 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.

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Truett's Legacy

Truett and his kids

A Life Centered on Family

Family was always central to Truett Cathy's life and would shape his unique approach to business later in life. With his wife of 65 years, Jeannette, he had three children: Trudy, Don "Bubba", and Dan. The current generation of the Cathy family honors Truett's legacy and continues to put his principles into action in both business and philanthropy.

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Truett Cathy speaking with customers

A Deep Love for Customers

Truett Cathy always maintained he wasn't in the chicken business, but the people business. From knowing his customers by name, to forming lifelong friendships with his employees, Cathy viewed his business as more than a source of revenue for him and his family; it was a source of encouragement to others.

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Truett Cathy

A Heart for Employees

Truett Cathy had a special place in his heart for his employees. He believed -- as we still do -- that giving people the opportunities they need to succeed helps all of us prosper. Truett never went to college himself. That's why since 1973, Chick-fil-A has given more than $35 million in college scholarships to Chick-fil-A restaurant team members wishing to pursue higher education.

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Growth

From New York City to Los Angeles, Chick-fil-A restaurants span the country from coast to coast. Now in 46 states and counting, we're joining new communities nearly every week.

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