“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
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.
In 1995, a renegade cow, paintbrush in mouth, painted the three words "EAT MOR CHIKIN" on a Texas billboard. From that day forward, the burger-eating landscape was forever changed. These fearless cows, acting in enlightened self-interest, realized that when people eat chicken, they don't eat beef. Today, the cows' herds have increased and their message reaches millions - through television, radio, online, and on the occasional water tower. Needless to say, we fully endorse and appreciate the monumental efforts made by our most beloved bovine friends.
We're proud of our Georgia heritage, and more specifically that we call Atlanta our hometown. Our headquarters, known within the company as the Support Center for restaurant Operators, is located just outside of downtown. We are partners with the greater Atlanta business community in philanthropic endeavors, working to stimulate the local economy through job creation, as well as leading stewardship initiatives intended to leave Georgia better than we found it.
The Chick-fil-A Backstage Tour offers an authentic storytelling experience inspired by the fascinating history, culture and values of the company. From our hospitable people and delicious food to the infectious “Eat Mor Chikin” Cows, you can explore the unique Chick-fil-A story with our guided walking tour.
The Chick-fil-A® Peach Bowl™ is one of the originals. Now in its 50th year, and with Chick-fil-A as its title sponsor since 1996, it's the ninth longest running bowl game in the country. As part of the new College Football Playoff system, in 2016 the Chick-fil-A® Peach Bowl™ served as one of two hosts for the College Football Playoffs National Semifinal.
The Chick-fil-A® Peach Bowl™ Challenge is the nation's premier head coach and celebrity charity golf event hosted each April at the beautiful Reynolds Plantation resort on Lake Oconee outside of Atlanta.
The College Football Hall of Fame and Chick-fil-A® Fan Experience™ officially opened its doors in 2014. Redefining what a Hall of Fame can be, the College Football Hall of Fame and Chick-fil-A Fan Experience is an engaging and interactive experience that takes college football lovers behind-the-scenes of their favorite sport.
Billed as the "Daytona 500 of college football," the Chick-fil-A® Kickoff Game delivers a match-up of elite teams from around the country in a game that serves to kick off the college football season each year since 2008.
Glassdoor, one of the world’s largest job and recruiting sites, announced the winners of its annual Employees’ Choice Awards, honoring the Top CEOs in 2019 across North America and parts of Europe. Unlike any other workplace award, the Glassdoor Employees’ Choice Awards are based on the input of employees who voluntarily provide anonymous feedback by completing a company review about their CEO’s leadership, along with insights into their job, work environment and employer over the past year.
Chick-fil-A ranked 4th on The Harris Poll Reputation Quotient (RQ®) list of 100 most visible companies in 2018, up from ranking 25th in 2017. Harris Poll surveys U.S. adults to evaluate public perceptions classified into six dimensions of corporate reputation: Workplace Environment, Social Responsibility, Emotional Appeal, Financial Performance, Vision & Leadership, and Products & Services.
Based on customer service reviews, Chick-fil-A received the Consumer Choice Awards® top spot in the category, “Provides Value Through Service.” Chick-fil-A was one of more than 120 leading U.S. restaurant chains across 60 different categories reviewed in the annual study. Technomic, an industry leader in food research and products, conducted the analysis, evaluating more than 100,000 customer visits to inform the awards.
“I try to lead by example and learn from the examples that have been set before me.”
“We all have a role to play, and finding more meaningful and memorable ways to live and work together is a great responsibility.”
"If you truly want to make a difference in this world, strive to connect with people through the power of relationship.”
As a family-owned business, the Cathy family has been working together for 70 years. Just as Truett Cathy built Chick-fil-A alongside his wife and children, today several second and third generation Cathy family members are carrying on that tradition, while others pursue talents in other fields. Working in a variety of different capacities, from staff headquartered at the Chick-fil-A Support Center to serving local communities as restaurant Operators, they're coast-to-coast helping people "Eat Mor Chikin®."
As we continue to navigate through COVID-19, we have temporarily moved away from hosting our traditional First 100™ event at new restaurants. Instead, we are providing free Chick-fil-A meals for a year to 100 people who are making an impact in our local communities. See details at future openings.