Franchise Opportunities

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Become an Operator

Our franchised Operators are the backbone of the Chick-fil-A chain. Chick-fil-A, Inc. stands ready to support each franchisee and to honor our heritage by fostering their dreams. Taking that commitment seriously, we are looking for long-term partners who are a good fit–and we know our Operators are, too.

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Take the Next Step

The Chick-fil-A franchise opportunity represents an exceptional offering in the quick-service restaurant industry. For an initial financial fee of $10,000 selected franchisees (who we call Operators) are granted the rights necessary to operate a franchised Chick-fil-A Restaurant business. The Chick-fil-A franchise opportunity requires that the individual be free of any other active business ventures and operate the restaurant on a full-time, hands-on basis.

Chick-fil-A Operators must successfully complete an extensive, multi-week training program prior to taking over operation of a franchised Chick-fil-A restaurant business. With additional development courses and franchise support available, Chick-fil-A Operators are equipped to handle decisions and reap the rewards of a challenging business.

You might be a great fit with Chick-fil-A if you:

  • Are looking for a full-time, “hands-on” business opportunity.
  • Have a proven track record in business leadership.
  • Have successfully managed your personal finances.
  • Are a results-oriented self-starter interested in starting and growing a business.
  • Are prepared to have no other active business venture.

This is not the right opportunity for you if you:

  • Are seeking a passive investment in a business.
  • Want to sell property to Chick-fil-A, Inc.
  • Are requesting that Chick-fil-A, Inc. build at a specified location.
  • Are seeking multi-unit franchise opportunities.


Opportunity Awaits

Ready to jump in? The first step is to complete our Franchise Expression of Interest Form.

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Operator Stories

Restaurant Operators come from a variety of backgrounds and work experiences. Learn firsthand what it's like to be a Chick-fil-A franchisee.

Operator Oscar Fittipaldi in New York

Video: From Argentina to New York City’s Chick-fil-A: A Man on a Mission

"My ultimate goal has always been to get to New York City. It’s crazy, but I love it.” And for Oscar Fittipaldi, who was born and raised in Concordia, Argentina, this American dream is so close he can taste it – literally. Fittipaldi is the man on the mission to bring Chick-fil-A to New York City, a mission he’ll mark “accomplished” this fall when the chicken restaurant company makes its mark in Midtown Manhattan.

Watch Video: From Argentina to New York City’s Chick-fil-A: A Man on a Mission's

Hometown Entrepreneur Brings Taste of the South to Tacoma

It is a bright day in Tacoma, Washington and the intersection of South 38th and Steele Streets is abuzz with activity. There is the usual mid-day hustle and bustle of folks out running errands, off to a late lunch, or in Lynnae Schneller’s case, off to pick the kids up from school.

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Keith Singletary

Meet the Local Owners From Our New Ads

Owning a Chick-fil-A restaurant in your hometown isn’t just about running a business—it’s personal. And Britt Sims and Keith Singletary wouldn’t have it any other way.

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Fly The Coop

Are you interested in making a difference? You have the opportunity to use your strengths to help you and your community develop and grow in ways that are meaningful and rewarding.

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Upcoming Operator Events

Representatives from Chick-fil-A, Inc. frequently attend national conferences, seminars, and host information sessions. If you are interested in learning more about becoming a Chick-fil-A franchise Operator consider attending one of these events.

  • Dec 6, 2016 Stamford, CT
  • Dec 7, 2016 Rutherford, NJ

* All locations are disclosed at time of registration.

Emerging Markets

Future Chick-fil-A restaurant locations are determined solely by Chick-fil-A, Inc. based on the company's goals for system-wide expansion in specifically targeted markets. Below is a list of areas we're targeting in the coming 12-24 months.

  • Arizona
  • California
    • L.A. County
    • Orange County
    • San Diego County
    • San Francisco Bay
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Florida
    • South East Florida
  • Georgia
  • Illinois
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Missouri
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New York
    • Long Island
    • New York City
  • North Dakota
  • California
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Washington
  • Wisconsin

* All locations are disclosed at time of registration.

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Franchise FAQs

Would you like to become a franchised Chick-fil-A Operator? Read the questions and answers below to ensure that this opportunity is a good fit for you.

Where is Chick-fil-A® growing?

Where is Chick-fil-A® growing?

The majority of projected Chick-fil-A Restaurant openings in the United States - and the majority of franchise opportunities - are in states in the Western Region, the Midwestern Region, Northern Region or certain areas in the Southwest.

Check here for an up-to-date map of potential growth areas.

I believe a Chick-fil-A Restaurant would do really well in my town. What do I need to do to open a location near me?

I believe a Chick-fil-A Restaurant would do really well in my town. What do I need to do to open a location near me?

Chick-fil-A's Real Estate Department determines the site selection strategy and development for new Chick-fil-A Restaurant locations. Our Restaurant growth and development process is solely dependent on the Real Estate Department's research and recommendations. It is only after they have identified a new Restaurant location that we will begin to search for an Operator candidate for that specific Restaurant. As a result, all Chick-fil-A Operators lease (or sublease) their franchised Restaurant location.

Is Chick-fil-A planning to open any new Chick-fil-A Restaurants in markets that are not considered growth markets?

Is Chick-fil-A planning to open any new Chick-fil-A Restaurants in markets that are not considered growth markets?

Chick-fil-A will occasionally build Restaurants in non-growth markets. However, there are already an abundance of Operator candidates for a very limited number of opportunities in these markets. We continually update our growth map to reflect projected candidate needs, so please check here for current opportunities.

What makes a competitive Operator candidate?

What makes a competitive Operator candidate?

There is not one set of qualifications or attributes that defines an ideal Operator candidate. In all situations, we are looking for the best potential franchised Operator for every Chick-fil-A Restaurant opportunity. Among the qualities we strongly consider are character, chemistry, competency, entrepreneurial spirit and a growth mindset, strong financial stewardship, combined with past experience and geographic preferences.

What's expected of a franchised Chick-fil-A Operator?

What's expected of a franchised Chick-fil-A Operator?

After a candidate has advanced successfully through all phases of the application and selection process and we extend a franchise offer, a successful candidate can accept our offer b signing our franchise agreement and making an initial financial investment of $10,000. Under the Franchise Agreement, the selected franchisee (whom we call an Operator) is granted all of the rights necessary to operate his or her franchised Chick-fil-A Restaurant business.

 

Of course as a franchisor, Chick-fil-A provides Operators with initial training and ongoing support and asisstance. Chick-fil-A Operators must successfully complete an extensive, multi-week training program prior to commencing operation of a franchised Chick-fil-A Restaurant business. With supplemental training and franchise support available, Chick-fil-A Operators are equipped to handle decisions and reap the rewards of a challenging business.