Chick-fil-A Announces Local Franchise Owner of Las Vegas Restaurant, Prepares for Spring 2017 Opening
Restaurant Slated to Hire Approximately 100 Full- and Part-Time Team Members
LAS VEGAS (Jan. 13, 2017) – Chick-fil-A, Inc. has selected Cole Donahoo as the local franchise owner of the third Las Vegas-area Chick-fil-A restaurant. Donahoo will oversee day-to-day operations of the business, employing more than 100 full- and part-time team members, cultivating relationships with local schools, organizations and neighboring businesses, and serving guests. Chick-fil-A at I-15 and Sahara will be located at 2477 S. Rancho Drive and is slated to open in early spring 2017.
Locally Owned and Operated
It was his entrepreneurial spirit that first drew Cole Donahoo to Chick-fil-A. A graduate of the University of South Carolina, Donahoo started his career in sales and marketing. After taking time away to care for his ailing parents, he felt pulled to own his own business like his parents had when he was a child.
Everything fell into place the day Donahoo stopped by Chick-fil-A for lunch and discovered that an old friend was the franchise owner. He worked as a manager of his friend’s restaurant for a year before joining Chick-fil-A’s Interim Manager program. Donahoo later opened his own Chick-fil-A restaurant in Torrance, Calif. where he’s been since 2011. Excited for a new challenge, Donahoo is relocating to open one of Chick-fil-A’s first restaurants in the Las Vegas area.
“Not only do I love Las Vegas, but I love that this restaurant could be someone’s first Chick-fil-A experience,” said Donahoo. “When guests step through my door, I want them to know that they’ll be taken care of. We look forward to meeting and building relationships with our future customers and becoming involved in the city’s many business and civic organizations. We invite everyone to join us for great food and service when we open in 2017.”
Team Member Investment
Chick-fil-A is known for hiring, developing and retaining young talent, offering a supportive workplace with opportunities for leadership development, promotions that lead to management roles, respect for work-life balance and competitive wages. Chick-fil-A at I-15 and Sahara will employ approximately 100 full- and part-time team members. To help its team members pay for college, the restaurant will offer the opportunity for college scholarships through Chick-fil-A’s newly announced national scholarship initiative, Remarkable Futures. Remarkable Futures more than doubles the company’s investment in team members’ college educations – providing $4.9 million in scholarships in 2017 alone. While Chick-fil-A has offered scholarships for more than 40 years, the enhanced initiative increases the amount of funding per recipient, allowing students to receive up to $25,000 in scholarships to be applied at any accredited institution of their choice, including online and on-campus formats, and can be combined with tuition discounts and other benefits at more than 70 partner colleges and universities nationwide. As with all Chick-fil-A restaurants, team members are also guaranteed Sundays off. Those interested in joining the Chick-fil-A at I-15 and Sahara team can apply beginning in February. For more information on Remarkable Futures, visit chick-fil-a.com/scholarships.
Premium Ingredients and Fresh, Handmade Food
Nearly everything on the Chick-fil-A menu is made from scratch daily, including salads made from whole vegetables and fruits that are hand-chopped throughout the day. The lemonade is fresh-squeezed and is made from three simple ingredients: lemon, sugar and water. Like all Chick-fil-A restaurants, the chicken served at Chick-fil-A I-15 and Sahara will be 100 percent whole breast meat, without any fillers, hormones or additives. Each chicken breast is hand-breaded to order and pressure cooked in 100 percent refined peanut oil, which is naturally trans-fat- and cholesterol-free. By the end of 2019, every Chick-fil-A restaurant will serve chicken raised without antibiotics.
About Chick-fil-A, Inc.
Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A, Inc. is a family owned and privately held restaurant company founded in 1964 by S. Truett Cathy. Devoted to serving the local communities in which its franchised restaurants operate, and known for its original chicken sandwich, Chick-fil-A serves freshly prepared food in more than 2,000 restaurants in 46 states and Washington, D.C.
Chick-fil-A system sales exceeded $6 billion in 2015, which marks 48 consecutive years of sales growth. Chick-fil-A earned a top spot in the 2015 Customer Service Hall of Fame for the second year in a row and is the only quick service restaurant to make the Customer Service Hall of Fame. The company was also the only restaurant brand named to the Top 10 “Best Companies to Work For” by 24/7 Wall Street. More information on Chick-fil-A is available on the chain’s website located at www.chick-fil-a.com.