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The application process

The Chick-fil-A® Franchisee selection process is thorough and extensive. Candidates must possess a desire to operate a quick-service restaurant and be free of any other business ventures.

Tiered application
Virtual and in-person interviews
Final selection

Candidates enter the process by submitting an initial online application. If selected to progress through additional tiers of the application process, you will be required to submit information about your previous work experience, leadership, financial health, and geographical preferences. Applications are processed and prioritized based on need in growth markets. Candidates may indicate a geographical preference on their application and preferably will have personal connections to the community they hope to serve.


Once selected, Chick-fil-A® Franchisees complete a multi-week training program prior to taking over the operation of a Chick-fil-A restaurant business.

Ready to start the process?

Want to learn more?

There are a handful of ways to understand more about if this is a good fit for you. We encourage candidates to learn more about the restaurant industry overall, connect with your local Chick-fil-A® Franchisee, and read Truett Cathy’s books to understand more about the history of the brand.

You can also learn more about the extensive application process online or attend a webinar or in-person event to provide information about the Franchisee opportunity.

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